Charles Bell

Charles Bell

Ph.D. Candidate
Ruth D. Peterson Fellow - ASC

Curriculum Vitae

Charles Bell

Charles Bell is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Sociology department at Wayne State University. He is a recipient of the 2017 American Society of Criminology Ruth Peterson Fellowship for Racial and Ethnic Diversity and the Wayne State University Thomas C. Rumble Fellowship. Charles’  dissertation features a critical qualitative design using semi-structured interviews to assess African American students and parents perceptions of school discipline. 

Research Interest/Area of Expertise

  • Race, Criminal Justice, Urban Education, Mental Health, and Public Policy

Awards and Grants

  • 2017: Ruth Peterson Fellowship for Racial and Ethnic Diversity, American Society of Criminology
    2017: Thomas C. Rumble Fellowship, Wayne State University
    2017: Dissertation Research Support Grant, Wayne State University - $1000
    2017: Travel Grant, Alpha Kappa Delta - $400
    2017: Travel Grant, Wayne State University Humanities Center - $300
    2017: Conference Scholarship, Academic Consortium on Criminal Justice Health
    2016: Graduate Research Grant, Wayne State University - $1000
    2016: Thomas C. Rumble Fellowship, Wayne State University
    2016: Mary Sengstock Diversity Scholarship, Wayne State University
    2015: Graduate Scholar Award, International Conference on Learning
    2014: Graduate Scholar Award, International Conference on Learning
    2014 – 2016: Graduate Assistantship, Initiative for Maximizing Student Development
    2014: Promotion of Diversity Scholarship, Wayne State University

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed

  • Bell, Charles. 2016. “Special Needs Under Siege: From Classrooms to Incarceration.” Sociology Compass, 10: 698–705
  • Bell, Charles. 2015. “The Hidden Side of Zero Tolerance Policies: The African American Perspective.” Sociology Compass¸9, 14-22.
  • Bell, Charles. 2015. “School Personnel Training Efforts in Child Psychopharmacology.” The International Journal of Assessment and Evaluation, 2, 43-50.

Under Review

  • Bell, Charles. The Dangers of School Closings: An Emerging Prison Pipeline for Urban Youth - Under Review.
    Bell, Charles. Zero Tolerance for Black Girls: Suspended, Expelled, and Trapped in the Pipeline - Under Review.

Non-Peer Reviewed

  • Bell, Charles and Nicholas Buckingham. Forthcoming. Beyond the Bars: Exploring the Lived Experiences of Returning Citizens. Western Criminologist
  • Bell, Charles. 2017. Race & Policing: A Legacy of Exclusion, Profiling, and Oppression. ACJS Today, 3, 71-75.
  • Bell, Charles. 2016. The Status Quo: Structural Oppression in America. Honey Suckle Magazine. October 16.
  • Bell, Charles, John Carlson, and Andy Pham. 2009. Protective Factors. Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development.


Courses taught

Eastern Michigan University
CRM 200H – Honors Crime and Justice (Winter 2016, Fall 2016)
CRM 200 (online) – Crime and Justice (Winter 2017, Fall 2017)
SOC 105 – Introduction to Sociology (Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Fall, 2016)

Oakland University 
SOC 205 – Social Problems (Winter 2017)
SOC/AN 331 – Race and Ethnicity (Fall 2015)

Michigan State University  
CEP 260 – Dynamics of Personal Adjustment (Fall 2009, Winter 2010)

Other qualifications directly relevant to courses taught

Inside-Out Prison Exchange Instructor