Monica Bell is a law and society scholar who studies policing, police-community relations in the context of disadvantage, and the intersection of police regulation with related fields of law such as family, housing, and social services provision. More generally, Monica investigates how institutions shape the lives of the poor and how they might be more effectively and justly designed.
Monica's work has appeared in social science journals and law journals. A recent article, "Situational Trust: How Disadvantaged Mothers Reconceive Legal Cynicism," reveals specific ways that poor African-American mothers--often depicted as either disdainful of police or as manipulators who unfairly call the police on their relationship partners and children--understand and strategize around criminal justice in the age of heavy policing. This article, which received four best graduate student paper awards from sections of the American Sociological Association and an honorable mention from the Eastern Sociological Society for the best graduate student paper across all topics, appears in the June 2016 issue of the Law & Society Review. With Matthew Desmond, she recently published "Housing, Poverty, and the Law" in the Annual Review of Law and Social Science. Her current work examines the underpinnings of legal cynicism and draws upon theory and qualitative data to propose new approaches to police governance.
A first-generation college graduate, Monica holds degrees from Furman University, University College Dublin, Harvard University, and the Yale Law School. She is also a research associate of Yale Law School's Justice Collaboratory, a democracy fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School, a doctoral fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy at Harvard University, and a member of the California Bar.
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