Laura Beth Nielsen
Associate Professor of Sociology and Law, Northwestern University
Ph.D., Jurisprudence & Social Policy, University of California, Berkeley; J.D., University of California, Berkeley
Laura Beth Nielsen is a Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Legal Studies at Northwestern University.
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The sociology of law, with particular interests in legal consciousness and the relationship between law and inequalities of race, gender, and class.
- Access to Justice
- Latest finding: Aug 7, 2013, with Robert L. Nelson, Rebecca Sandefur
- Contested Constructions of Discrimination
- Latest finding: Dec 12, 2012, with Jill D. Weinberg
, Jeremy Freese
- Contested Constructions uses experimental research to investigate how judges and laypeople define employment discrimination and perceptions of the legal system as the appropriate forum to adjudicate…
- Employment Discrimination Litigation
- Latest finding: Dec 12, 2012, with Robert L. Nelson, Ryon Lancaster, John Donohue III, Peter Siegelman
- At the center of current debates about the role of anti-discrimination law in American society is the system of discrimination litigation. Despite the sheer magnitude of changes in employment…
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"Race and Representation: Racial Disparities in Legal Representation for Employment Civil Rights Plaintiffs"
- New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy
"Situated Justice: A Contextual Analysis of Fairness and Inequality in Employment Discrimination Litigation"
- Law & Society Review
"Examining Empathy: Discrimination, Experience, and Judicial Decisionmaking"
- University of Southern California Law Review
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May 28, 2013
Click here to read the article, published on May 22, 2013.
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.
Apr 22, 2013
Listen here as ABF Research Professor Laura Beth Nielsen comments on the legal definition of terrorism and Miranda rights. This interview aired on the "America Weekend" Podcast on Saturday, April 20,…
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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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Professional Service & Recognition
- Advisory Panel, National Public Radio, The Life of the Law
- Secretary, Law and Society Association
- Editor, Law & Social Inquiry
- Director, Northwestern University, Center for Legal Studies
- External Grant Committee Chair, Law & Society Association
- Elected Member, Sociology of Law Council, American Sociological Association