Shannon Elizabeth Bell


Shannon Elizabeth Bell

Associate Professor


510 McBryde Hall
225 Stanger Street 
Blacksburg, VA 24061


(540) 231-4445


Department Membership



  • Environmental Justice and Environmental Sociology
  • Energy and Climate Change
  • Gender
  • Social Movements
  • Photovoice and Participatory Action Research

Professional Activities

  • American Sociological Association
  • Rural Sociological Society
  • Appalachian Studies Association
  • Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences


  • Ph.D. University of Oregon
  • M.S. University of Oregon
  • M.S.W. West Virginia University
  • B.S. Washington & Lee University
  • B.A. Washington & Lee University 

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    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

    Selected Publications


    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. 


    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.

    Sponsored Research

    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).