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Laura Beth Nielsen

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Research Professor

Joint appointment

Professor of Sociology and Law, Director of Legal Studies, Northwestern University


Ph.D., Jurisprudence & Social Policy, University of California, Berkeley; J.D., University of California, Berkeley

Curriculum vitae


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Follow @ProfLBNielsen Laura Beth Nielsen is a Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation, Professor of Sociology and Director of Legal Studies at Northwestern University. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley’s Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program (Ph.D. 1999) and Boalt Hall School of Law (J.D. 1996). Her primary field is the sociology of law, with…

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Research focus

The sociology of law, with particular interests in legal consciousness and the relationship between law and inequalities of race, gender, and class, civil rights generally and employment civil rights in particular


Employment Civil Rights

The Employment Civil Rights Project is generating findings on the changing dynamics of employment discrimination litigation, the types of cases that succeed in litigation, and the parties'…

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Cover of Rights on Trial: How Workplace Discrimination Law Perpetuates Inequality Rights on Trial: How Workplace Discrimination Law Perpetuates Inequality
The University of Chicago Press
O direito pensante, o direito pensante em movimento, “Thinking Law, Thinking in Motion,
Revista de Estudos Empíricos em Direito (REED).
Funding the Cause: How Public Interest Law Organizations Fund their Activities and Why it Matters for Social Change
Law and Social Inquiry

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Laura Beth Nielsen on Constitutional Authority of Federal Judiciary

Feb 7, 2017

Listen here to an ABC NewsRadio interview with Laura Beth Nielsen on the constitutional authority of the federal judiciary to block President Trump's executive order on immigration.

USA Today Reports on Laura Beth Nielsen's Definition of Terrorism

May 28, 2013

Click here to read the article, published on May 22, 2013.

Laura Beth Nielsen Participates in Forum on Terrorism

May 28, 2013

This forum, which aired on May 24 on KQED, a San Francisco-area public radio station, discusses the sometimes obscure definition of terrorism. Click to listen.

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Panel Presentation, “Determining Discrimination: The Effect of Race and Political Ideology in Evaluations of Workplace Disputes”
May 2013
Presidential Panel, “The Future of Graduate Programming in the Social Sciences”
May 2013
Invited Presentation, “Race and Representation: Racial Disparities in Legal Representation for Employment Civil Rights Plaintiffs”
Jan 2013

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