Dr. Charles Bell is a Detroit native and assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice Sciences. His research explores African American students' and parents' perceptions of out-of-school suspension, school safety measures, and law enforcement officers. His research confirms that school suspension negatively impacts Black students' achievement, harms parents' employment, and periodically violates state code of conduct guidelines. Dr. Bell's work also suggests that schools fail to protect Black students, leaving them vulnerable to victimization. His forthcoming book, "Suspended: Punishment, Violence, and the Failure of School Safety" expands upon this work and will be published by Johns Hopkins University Press on October 19, 2021.
Dr. Bell has been interviewed and cited by several news outlets such as Atlanta Black Star, The Conversation, WGLT, WDET Detroit, Aljazeera America, Michigan Center for Youth Justice, and Detroit PBS. Currently, he serves as the incoming (2021-2023) Associate Chair of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) Crime and Juvenile Delinquency Division and on the Journal of School Violence Editorial Board.
308.001Race, Ethnicity, and Criminal Justice
308.002Race, Ethnicity, and Criminal Justice
318.001Schools, Crime, and Social Policy
291.001Undergraduate Teaching Experience In Criminal Justice Sciences