Joyce M Bell
I am the Don A. Martindale Associate Professor of Sociology (2016-2019) and my research agenda deals with race, work & organizations, and social movements. My first line of work—in the area of race, social movements, and the professions—is primarily concerned with how resistance to racism shapes the professions. My first book, Black Power Professionals: The Black Power Movement and American Social Work (2014, Columbia University Press) details the impact of the Black Power movement on the profession of social work. My second research area is concerned with diversity as a racial project. I am interested in how the notion of diversity works as a tool to co-opt progressive racial policy, movements, and discourse. In this area I research the role of diversity discourse in institutions, higher education policy, and in the law.