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TWU sociology doctoral student named national newsletter editor


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Valarie Bell 

 Photos credit: Tonya Littman

DENTON — Valarie Bell, a Texas Woman’s University sociology doctoral student, has been named the editor of In Critical Solidarity — the American Sociological Association’s Labor and Labor Movements Section’s newsletter. This national publication is considered a top scholarly resource for articles and research updates focusing on organized labor, safe working conditions, challenges for workers income inequality and other issues affecting American workers.

As the newsletter’s editor, Bell will oversee content provided from contributors across the U.S. that consist primarily of faculty members from such prominent universities such as Princeton, Cornell, Stanford, and other first-tier research institutions. The newsletter is distributed to more than 400 sociology scholars nationwide. The first issue under her editorship will publish in September, and her three-year term as editor ends in 2018.

Celia Lo, chair of the TWU Department of Sociology and Social Work, said, “Having Valarie serve as the national editor of such a respected newsletter shows the quality, leadership and impact our students have nationwide.”

Valarie Bell


Bell, who applied for the competitive editorial position, notes that it’s unusual for a graduate student to be selected to edit a scholarly newsletter.

“I knew becoming editor was a pretty big deal because of the prestige of the newsletter, but I didn’t quite realize how big a deal until I started receiving congratulatory emails from professors across the country, including the University of Michigan, UCLA and the University of Illinois,” Bell said.

She credits her background as the daughter of two union workers and a first-generation college student and doctoral student as to why she chose the field of sociology with her research focus on social mobility and organized labor. In addition to her new editorial post, she has a forthcoming article in the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences and articles in review with the American Journal of Sociology, Social Science Quarterly and Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. She also has been published in the Proceedings of the Academy of Studies in International Business and the Encyclopedia of Deception, and has presented at several regional and statewide conferences.

Bell received her master’s degree in social psychology from the University of Nevada-Reno, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

Bell chose TWU for her doctorate pursuit because of the university’s focus on underrepresented and first-generation students.

“I looked at every sociology doctoral program in the country and picked TWU because of its reputation in supporting students with backgrounds like mine,” Bell said.

“Aside from marrying my husband, choosing TWU was the best decision I ever made,” Bell continued. “At TWU, I get the personal support and respect I need as a scholar, so that I can become a respected researcher and scholar in the field of sociology.”

Bell also serves as an instructor for TWU in the Department of Sociology and Social Work teaching undergraduate courses in sociology, statistics and criminal justice.

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