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Jeannine Bell

Richard S. Melvin Professor of Law
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jeabell[at] indiana[dot]edu
(812) 856-5013
Baier Hall 268
A.B. at Harvard College, 1991
M.A. at University of Michigan, 1995
J.D. at University of Michigan, 1999
Ph.D. at University of Michigan, 2000
Property (B521)
Criminal Procedure: Investigation (B601)
Seminar in Constitutional Law: First Amendment (L799)
Seminar in Law and Society (L710)
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  • Bell received her A.B. cum laude from Harvard College in 1991. She was book review editor for the Michigan Journal of Race and Law.
  • Member, American Political Science Association President's Task Force on Political Violence and Terrorism (2004-present)
  • Law & Society Association Trustee (2006)
  • American Bar Foundation Visiting Scholar (2005-2006)
  • Founding Member and Book Review Editor, Michigan Journal of Race and Law (1999)

A nationally-recognized scholar in the area of policing and hate crime, Bell has written extensively on hate crime and criminal justice issues. Her first book, Policing Hatred: Law Enforcement, Civil Rights, and Hate Crime (New York University Press 2002) is an ethnography of a police hate crime unit. Her book titled Police and Policing Law (Ashgate 2006) is an edited collection that explores law and society scholarship on the police. Her newest book is Hate Thy Neighbor: Move-in Violence and the Persistence of Racial Segregation in American Housing (NYU Press, 2013).

Bell's research is broadly interdisciplinary, touching on both political science and law. In that regard, she has written in the area of qualitative methodology and she is co-author of Gaining Access: A Practical and Theoretical Guide for Qualitative Researchers (AltaMira Press 2003). Her scholarship has appeared in the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Rutgers Race & the Law Review, Punishment and Society, and the Michigan Journal of Race and Law. An associate editor of the Law and Society Review, Bell has served a trustee of the Law and Society Association and as a member of the American Political Association's Presidential Taskforce on Political Violence and Terrorism. She was appointed Richard S. Melvin Professor of Law in 2015.

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