Dr. Charles Bell is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice Sciences. Dr. Bell is a recipient of the 2017 American Society of Criminology Ruth D. Peterson Fellowship. His research explores African American students' and parents' perceptions of school discipline, school safety measures, and law enforcement officers. Additionally, Dr. Bell is a member of the Proving Innocence board of directors. Proving Innocence is a non-profit organization that conducts preliminary investigations into wrongful conviction claims.