Professor of Law and Louis F. Niezer Faculty Fellow
In the News
"Study: Black arrest rate higher across region"
November 18, 2014
"Expert: ‘LA riots with Rodney King is what should be expected to happen in Ferguson’"
CBS Saint Louis,
November 3, 2014
"Police culture must change to prevent future Fergusons"
Providence (RI) Journal,
September 15, 2014
"Washington's Ferguson next door"
September 8, 2014
"Law officials say trust is vital"
The Messenger-Inquirer (Owensboro, Ky.),
August 19, 2014
"Policing race in America: Ferguson, Missouri"
August 19, 2014
"Policing in Ferguson, Missouri"
The Mojo (WURD, Philadelphia),
August 18, 2014
"Chris Lane murder: Is a racist dimension of the crime being discounted?"
Christian Science Monitor,
August 23, 2013
"Discussion of 'stand your ground' law leads to questions about fear and race"
The Herald-Times (Bloomington, Ind.),
August 9, 2013
"Hate thy neighbor (Discussion of new book)"
More Talk Radio (KBOO, Portland, Ore.),
July 22, 2013
"Zimmerman verdict rooted in segregated neighborhoods"
San Francisco Chronicle,
July 16, 2013
"Indianapolis case could influence reproductive law"
Indiana Public Media -- WTIU,
October 25, 2012
"Appeals court backs hate crime conviction"
Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,
August 7, 2012
"DOJ downplays expectation for hate crime law"
Morning Edition (NPR),
May 2, 2012
"New Jersey v. Ravi"
May 2, 2012
SF Weekly (San Francisco),
November 30, 2011
"Specter of Katrina looms in New Orleans police shooting defense"
July 15, 2011
"Lansing man who burned Quran was drunk, angry"
Lansing State Journal,
November 28, 2010
"Hate? Politics? Or Both?"
Gay City News,
April 2, 2009
"Noose's revival is raising the issue of intent"
St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
January 18, 2008
- 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.
- HATE THY NEIGHBOR: MOVE-IN VIOLENCE AND THE PERSISTENCE OF RACIAL SEGREGATION IN AMERICAN HOUSING (NYU Press, 2013).
- The Hangman's Noose and the Lynch Mob: Hate Speech and the Jena 6, 44 HARVARD CIVIL RIGHTS-CIVIL LIBERTIES LAW REVIEW 329 (2009).
- Policing and Surveillance, in HATE CRIME (Fredrick Lawrence et al., Eds.) Westport, CN: Praeger Publishers (2009).
- Restraining the Heartless: Racist Speech and Minority Rights, 84 INDIANA LAW JOURNAL 963 (2009).
- "Behind this Mortal Bone": the (In)Effectiveness of Torture, 83 INDIANA LAW JOURNAL 339 (2008).
- Demise of the Talented Tenth: Affirmative Action and the Increasing Underrepresentation of Ascendant Blacks at Selective Higher Educational Institutions (with Kevin D. Brown) 69 OHIO STATE LAW JOURNAL 1229 (2008).