Anna-Maria Marshall

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Anna-Maria Marshall has a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University.  She is currently an associate professor of Sociology and Law at the University of Illinois.

Research Interests

Sociology of Law; Social Movements

Professional Information

Her research currently focuses on governance and policy-making on the environmental issues associated with agriculture.  She is working on several projects on the adoption of innovative technologies and best management practices to address nutrient loss in Midwestern waters, and the role of voluntary policies in promoting such adoption. In addition, with a team of scientists and engineers across the country, she is a co-PI on the INFEWS-ER, an NSF-funded virtual resource center supporting transdisciplinary graduate education on “wicked problems” at the intersection of Food-Energy-Water Systems.

These projects are an extension of Marshall’s longstanding research interests on understanding the role of law in promoting social change. In her work on legal consciousness, she examined the way that social change creates conflict in everyday life and how individuals use law, politics and experience to resolve these conflicts.  She has studied these issues in her book Confronting Sexual Harassment: The Law and Politics of Everyday Life and in her research on the politics of family life in the lgbt community.  She also studied cause lawyers and the political and cultural life of law in social movement strategies and in the context of the environmental justice movement and the lgbt movement.  Her work has appeared in Law and Society Review, Law and Social Inquiry, Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, and several edited volumes.


J.D. University of Virginia School of Law
Ph.D. Northwestern University


SOC 275: Criminology
SOC 396: The Criminal Justice System

Office Address

Sociology Department
3090 Lincoln Hall
702 S Wright Street
Urbana IL 61801
M/C 454
Champaign, IL 61820

Office Phone

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Research Output

Queer Mobilizations: LGBT Activists Confront the Law

Barclay, S. (ed.), Bernstein, M. (ed.) & Marshall, A-M. (ed.), Jan 1 2009, New York University Press. 384 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Confronting Sexual Harassment: The Law and Politics of Everyday Life

    Marshall, A-M., 2005, Routledge. 224 p. (Law, Justice and Power)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Consciousness in Context: Employees' Views of Sexual Harassment Grievance Procedures

    Marshall, A-M., Jun 14 2019, The New Civil Rights Research: A Constitutive Approach. Fleury-Steiner, B. & Nielsen, L. B. (eds.). Routledge, p. 101-116 (Routledge Revivals).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Legal Mobilization and Climate Change: The Role of Law in Wicked Problems

    Marshall, A-M. & Sterett, S., 2019, In : Oñati Socio-Legal Series. 9, 3, p. 267-274

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • Lessons Learned by INFEWS-ER's virtual resource center for transdisciplinary graduate student training at the nexus of food, energy, and water

    Koelsch, R., Rodríguez, L. F., Banner, S., Classen, J., Cotton, D., Deviney, A., Heemstra, J., Koziel, J., Meyer, D., Marshall, A. M., Padmanabhan, A. & Steward, D., Jan 1 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper