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Charles Bell CV

Charles Bell, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice Sciences at Illinois State University. His research focuses on understanding how Black students and parents perceive school discipline and its impact on academic achievement, social status, relationships with educators, parent employment, and perceptions of metal detectors, school guards, and law enforcement officers. His research also focuses on teacher victimization.


Professor Bell's work is supported by the Midwest Sociological Society and a series of research grants from Illinois State University. He has been interviewed and cited by several news outlets.

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Professor Bell teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Corrections and Race & Ethnicity in Criminal Justice.


Professor Bell is a certified Inside-Out instructor and he is creating a Schools, Crime, and Social Policy course that will be taught in a correctional facility. As a first-generation college graduate, he mentors several students and makes it a priority to share his experiences navigating poverty in Detroit to earn his Ph.D.

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