Jeannine Bell is the Richard S. Melvin Professor of Law at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. A nationally recognized speaker addressing both academics and lay audiences, she has spoken for the last 20 years in cities around the country and outside of the United States on issues that relate to hate crime, hate speech and policing. Her lectures are based on her wide-ranging interdisciplinary scholarship in the area of policing and hate crime. Bell has written extensively on criminal justice issues.
Her book Hate Thy Neighbor: Move-in Violence and the Persistence of Racial Segregation in American Housing (New York University Press, 2013) explores the contemporary phenomenon of hate crimes committed against racial minorities who are integrating predominantly white neighborhoods. Bell’s other books include Policing Hatred: Law Enforcement, Civil Rights, and Hate Crime (2002), Police and Policing Law (2006), and (with Martha Feldman and Michele Berger) Gaining Access: A Practical and Theoretical Guide for Qualitative Researchers (2003). Her scholarship has appeared in the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, The Law and Society Review, Law and Social Inquiry, the Boston University Law Review, the Journal of Legal Education and many other publications. Bell has co-edited the Law and Society Review, and has served as a trustee of the Law and Society Association (LSA), and as treasurer of LSA. She received her A.B. from Harvard University and both her J.D. and her Ph.D. (in Political Science) from the University of Michigan.