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 writings have 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--strategize around criminal justice in the age of heavy policing. This article, which received the best graduate student paper award of four sections of the American Sociological Association in 2015 (Crime, Law, and Deviance; Culture; Sociology of Law; and Race, Gender, and Class), appears in the June 2016 issue of the Law & Society Review. 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 a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology & Social Policy at Harvard, a research associate with 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, and a member of the California Bar.
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