Dr. Monica Bell is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School, with a secondary appointment as an Associate Professor of Sociology at Yale University.
Monica's areas of research include law and sociology, law and inequality, policing and the criminal legal system, welfare and public benefits law, housing law and residential segregation, and race and the law. Monica's scholarship aims to center the voices and experiences of people who experience exclusion through specific bodies of law and their implementation. She uses multiple techniques for analysis, theory construction, and data presentation, with an emphasis on qualitative methodology and inductive theory building.
Monica's scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the Yale Law Journal, American Journal of Sociology, NYU Law Review, Law & Society Review, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, and other journals. She has also published writing in popular outlets such as the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Washington Post, and The Appeal.
A first-generation college graduate from Upstate South Carolina, Monica holds a B.A. from Furman University, an M.Sc. from University College Dublin, a J.D. from Yale, and a Ph.D. in Sociology & Social Policy from Harvard. She clerked for the Hon. Cameron McGowan Currie of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina. Monica has been honored as a Harry S. Truman Scholar and a George Mitchell Scholar, and she has worked as a Liman Fellow for the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. Before joining the faculty at Yale, Monica was a Climenko Fellow & Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School.
In 2019, Monica received the Yale Law Women Faculty Excellence Award on a vote of the Yale Law School student body. In 2021-2022, Monica will be a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation.