Bard Faculty

Laura R. Ford

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology

Primary Academic Program: Sociology


B.A., Pacific Union College; J.D., Tulane University Law School; M.P.A., Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs; LL.M., University of Washington School of Law; Ph.D., Cornell University; Postdoctoral Fellow, Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, SUNY Buffalo Law School. Professor Ford’s research interests lie at the intersection of sociological theory, economic sociology, and law. Her published work provides historical, comparative, and legal perspectives on intellectual property, and on the classical sociological theorists Max Weber and Émile Durkheim. Her articles and reviews have appeared in the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society, Encyclopedia of Social Theory, American Sociologist, Socio-Legal Review, California Western Law Review, Contemporary Sociology, and other publications. She previously taught at University of Buffalo’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca College, University of Washington, and University of Washington School of Law. She’s also worked in the public securities law division at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the not-for-profit organizations Legal Assistance of Western New York and From the Lake to the River Foundation Inc., in New Orleans. At Bard since 2016.