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Dr. Anna-Maria Marshall

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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


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

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.


J.D. University of Virginia School of Law
Ph.D. Northwestern University

Courses Taught

SOC 275: Criminology
SOC 396: The Criminal Justice System

Additional Campus Affiliations

Associate Professor, Sociology
Associate Professor, Gender and Women's Studies
Associate Professor, College of Law
Associate Professor, Global Studies Programs and Courses

Highlighted Publications

Bernstein, M., Marshall, A. M., & Barclay, S. (2009). Queer mobilizations: LGBT activists confront the law. New York University Press.

Marshall, A.-M. (2005). Confronting Sexual Harassment: The Law and Politics of Everyday Life. (Law, Justice and Power). Routledge.

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Recent Publications

Baker, J., Schunk, N., Scholz, M., Merck, A., Muenich, R. L., Westerhoff, P., Elser, J. J., Duckworth, O. W., Gatiboni, L., Islam, M., Marshall, A. M., Sozzani, R., & Mayer, B. K. (2024). Global-to-Local Dependencies in Phosphorus Mass Flows and Markets: Pathways to Improving System Resiliency in Response to Exogenous Shocks. Environmental Science and Technology Letters, 11(6), 493-502.

Crane, L., Merck, A., Delanthamajalu, S., Grieger, K., Marshall, A. M., & Boyer, T. H. (2024). Benchmarks for urine volume generation and phosphorus mass recovery in commercial and institutional buildings. Water Research X, 23, Article 100227.

Grieger, K., Merck, A., Deviney, A., & Marshall, A. (2024). What are stakeholder views and needs for achieving phosphorus sustainability? Environment Systems and Decisions, 44(1), 114-125.

Deviney, A., Grieger, K., Merck, A., Classen, J., & Marshall, A. M. (2023). Phosphorus sustainability through coordinated stakeholder engagement: a perspective. Environment Systems and Decisions, 43(3), 371-378.

Marshall, A. M. (2023). PRACTICING AMERICANS: FOODWAYS, CAPITALISM AND MARRIAGE IN THE AMERICANS. In Studies in Law Politics and Society (pp. 17-36). (Studies in Law Politics and Society; Vol. 89). Emerald Publishing.

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