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Shannon Elizabeth Bell

Shannon Elizabeth Bell, Professor

Shannon Elizabeth Bell, Professor | Virginia Tech
Shannon Elizabeth Bell, Professor

Department of  Sociology
674 McBryde Hall
225 Stanger Street Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-4445 |

Shannon Elizabeth Bell is a professor for the Department of Sociology.

  • Environmental Justice and Environmental Sociology
  • Energy and Climate Change
  • Gender
  • Social Movements
  • Photovoice and Participatory Action Research
  • Ph.D., University of Oregon
  • M.S., University of Oregon
  • MSW, West Virginia University
  • B.S., Washington & Lee University
  • B.A., Washington & Lee University 
  • American Sociological Association
  • Rural Sociological Society
  • Appalachian Studies Association
  • Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences
  • Excellence in Research Award, Rural Sociological Society
  • Outstanding Book Award, Association for Humanist Sociology for Our Roots Run Deep as Ironweed: Appalachian Women and the Fight for Environmental Justice
  • Association of American Publishers PROSE Award Winner for Fighting King Coal: The Challenges to Micromobilization in Central Appalachia


Bell, Shannon Elizabeth. 2016. Fighting King Coal: The Challenges to Micromobilzation in Central Appalachia. Cambridge: The MIT Press.

Bell, Shannon Elizabeth. 2013. Our Roots Run Deep as Ironweed: Appalachian Women and the Fight for Environmental Justice. Chicago and Urbana: University of Illinois Press. 

Journal Articles

Bell, Shannon Elizabeth. “Environmental Injustice and the Pursuit of a Post-Carbon World: The Unintended Consequences of the Clean Air Act as a Cautionary Tale for Solar Energy Development.” Brooklyn Law Review. 82(2):529-557. 

Bell, Shannon Elizabeth, Alicia Hullinger, and Lilian Brislen. 2015. “Manipulated Masculinities: Agribusiness, Deskilling, and the Rise of the Businessman-Farmer in the United States.” Rural Sociology.  80(3):285-313.

Bell, Shannon Elizabeth. 2015. “Bridging Activism and the Academy: Exposing Environmental Injustices through the Feminist Ethnographic Method of Photovoice.” Human Ecology Review. 21(1): 27-58.

Bell, Shannon Elizabeth and Richard York. 2010. “Community Economic Identity: The Coal Industry and Ideology Construction in West Virginia.” Rural Sociology. 75(1):111-143.

  • Sydney S. Spivack Program in Applied Social Research and Social Policy Community Action Research Initiative Award, American Sociological Society. 2009-2010. ($2,800).
  • Appalachian Regional Commission Flex-E-Grant for the Southern West Virginia Photovoice Project. 2008-2009. ($10,000).
  • The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation grant for the Southern West Virginia Photovoice Project. 2008-2009. ($10,000).

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