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The Law and Society Review is co-edited by Jeannine Bell, Susan Sterett, and Margot Young.  Jeannine Bell is Richard S. Melvin Professor at Maurer School of Law, Indiana University Bloomington and is a nationally-recognized scholar in the areas of policing and hate crime. Her research touches on political science and law.  Her newest book is Hate Thy Neighbour: Move-in Violence and the Persistence of Racial Segregation in American Housing (2013).  Susan Sterett is Professor of Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Tech.  She has written about constitutionalism as a professional project, and law and social welfare.  Most recently she has written about law, disaster and governing people out of place, including in a 2015 article in Law and Policy.  Margot Young is Professor at the Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia.  She is published in the areas of constitutional law, equality law and theory, and housing rights, and works actively with a variety of equality-seeking and environmental justice organizations.  A recent co-editorship is Reflections Of Canada: Illuminating our Opportunities and Challenges at 150+ Years (2017).

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