University of Pittsburgh

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Joyce Bell

PhD, University of Minnesota, 2007

Title: Assistant Professor

Campus Address: 2617 Wesley W. Posvar Hall

Telephone: (412) 648-7110


Fields of Interest

  • American Race Relations
  • Civil Rights & Black Power Movements
  • Collective behavior and social movements
  • Diversity
  • Qualitative methods (historical, ethnographic, & intensive interviewing)
  • Work, professions, and organizations



My research areas are race, social movements, and work and occupations. I am particularly interested in how social movements around issues of race shape workplaces and professions. I am currently working on a project that examines the effect of black social worker activism on the profession of social work during the Black Power Movement in the United States. I have also done work on the concept of diversity in American race relations and have ongoing projects in that area as well. 


Current Research

Recent Publications

Forthcoming. "Maneuvers of Whiteness: 'Diversity' as a Mechanism of Retrenchment in the Affirmation Action Discourse." (with Wendy Leo Moore) Critical Sociology.           2011. "Race- Based Critical Theory and the 'Happy Talk of Diversity in America." (with Douglas Hartmann) pp. 259-277 in Illuminating Social Life, edited by Peter Kivisto.
2010. "Embodying the White Racial Frame: The (In) Significance of Barack Obama." (with Wendy Leo Moore) Journal of race and Policy, 6(1): 123-138.


SOC 0460 Minority Groups  SOC 2035 Theories of American Race Relations
SOC 1500 Capstone Research Practicum for Majors: Race and Policy 1286 Race and the City

Honors and Awards

2011 Center for the Study of Race and Social Problems Pilot Study Grant"Freedom from Racism or Free to be Racist: Racial Harassment Policy in Higher Education"
2009 Invited Attendee, University of Georgia Faculty Teaching Symposium
2008 Minnesota TRiO Achiever Award

University Affiliations