Dr. Anna-Maria Marshall

Dr. Anna-Maria Marshall

Contact Information

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

Office Hours

  • Wednesday, 10 am -- Noon
Associate Professor
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Additional Campus Affiliations


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

  • Environmental Governance and Regulation
  • Law and Society
  • Sociology of Law
  • Social Movements

Research Description

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.


  • Ph.D, 1999, Northwestern University
  • J.D., 1985, University of Virginia School of Law
  • B.A., 1982, New York University


  • SOC 275: Criminology
  • SOC 396: The Criminal Justice System

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Barclay, Scott, Lynn Jones, and Anna-Maria Marshall “Two Spinning Wheels: Studying Law and Social Movements.” Studies in Law, Politics and Society 54 2011, p. 1-17.
Marshall, Anna-Maria “A Trial in the Life of the Environmental Justice Movement: USA v. Citgo.” Studies in Law, Politics and Society 49 2009, p. 97-121.
Marshall, Anna-Maria “Idle Rights: Employees’ Rights Consciousness and the Construction of Sexual Harassment Policies.” Law and Society Review 39 1 2005, p. 83-123.
Environmental Justice and Grassroots Legal Action Environmental Justice 3 4 2010.


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Queer Mobilizations: LGBT Activists Confront the Law edited by Scott Barclay, edited by Mary Bernstein, edited by Anna-Maria Marshall. Edited by Scott Barclay, Edited by Mary Bernstein, Edited by Anna-Maria Marshall, New York NYU Press 2009.
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Marshall, Anna-Maria Confronting Sexual Harassment: The Law and Politics of Everyday Life Burlington, VT Dartmouth Ashgate 2005.

Book Contributions

Marshall, Anna-Maria Social Movement Strategies and the Participatory Potential of Litigation Cause Lawyers and Social Movements edited by Stuart Scheingold, compiled by Austin Sarat. Social Movement Strategies and the Participatory Potential of Litigation Edited by Stuart Scheingold, Compiled by Austin Sarat, Palo Alto, CA Stanford University Press 2006.

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