Richard S. Melvin Professor of Law
- E-mail email@example.com
- Phone (812) 856-5013
- Location Baier Hall 270
- A.B., Harvard College 1991
- M.A., University of Michigan 1995
- J.D., University of Michigan 1999
- Ph.D., University of Michigan 2000
- 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.
- Co-editor, Law & Society Review (2016-present)
- Recipient, Leon H. Wallace Teaching Award (2018)
- 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. In 2018 she was honored with the Leon H. Wallace Teaching Award, the highest teaching award bestowed upon a faculty member.
In the media
- Quoted in "Police are mislabeling anti-LGBTQ and other crimes as anti-heterosexual," ProPublica (05/15/2018)
- Quoted in "Report: Indiana ranks 11th in nation for number of hate groups," Indiana Public Media (02/23/2018)
- Quoted in "IMPD officer's crotch search for weed is ruled unconstitutional," The Indianapolis Star (08/25/2017)
- Appeared on "The state of hate: Racism in America," Indiana Public Media (08/15/2017)
- Quoted in "Federal authorities investigate fair housing complaints against Noblesville, Hamilton County," The Indianapolis Star (07/06/2017)
- Appeared on "From segregation to today: How The noose is used to intimidate African Americans," The Kojo Nnamdi Show (06/05/2017)
- Quoted in "The Portland stabbing is the latest in a wave of racist attacks across America," Vox (05/30/2017)
- Quoted in "Why it’s so hard to prosecute a hate crime," Vox (04/10/2017)
- Appeared on "Dylann Roof's radical white rage," Investigation Discovery (04/03/2017)
- Authored "In police trials, does implicit bias still play a role?," USAToday (03/16/2017)
- Quoted in "Claims of 'homosexual agenda' helped kill hate crime laws in five states," ProPublica (02/07/2017) and in Boise Weekly
- 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).
- Criminal law and procedure
- First Amendment
- Interdisciplinary perspectives