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Last modified: Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Bell earns prestigious Princeton fellowship

Jan. 27, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Jeannine Bell, an Indiana University Maurer School of Law -- Bloomington professor, has been awarded a prestigious Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) Fellowship from Princeton University.

Bell, the Charles Whistler Faculty Fellow, was one of six LAPA Fellows selected for the 2009-10 academic year. "I was absolutely thrilled," Bell said. "This is such a prestigious award, one that is very tough to get. I'm very excited about the project I'll be working on and the wonderful scholarly environment I'll be working in."

Bell will use the fellowship to complete a book titled Hate Thy Neighbor: Neighborhood Boundaries and the Persistence of Prejudice, an ethnographic work forthcoming from the New York University Press.

"The book explores the relationship between housing integration and hate crimes," Bell said. "I'm writing about whites who, instead of fleeing when minorities move into their neighborhoods, stand and fight. It's a national ethnographic analysis, based in part on court documents and interviews I collected in Chicago."

Bell will be based in the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs at Princeton. Because the university doesn't have a law school, the LAPA program is the primary place for law-related activity and research on the Princeton campus.

Indiana Law Dean Lauren Robel said Bell's work in the areas of hate crime and criminal justice issues has been extremely valuable.

"The LAPA Fellowship is an incredible achievement for any professor working on issues of law, society, and public affairs," Robel said. "I was impressed to learn that Professor Bell was selected from a competitive pool of 125 applicants this year, demonstrating the scholarly merit of her proposal as well as the uniqueness and importance of her research. Previous LAPA Fellows have included some of the top scholars in our field, and it is my privilege to see Professor Bell now join such a distinguished group."

As a LAPA Fellow, Bell will attend seminars and lectures by outside scholars, while meeting regularly with her LAPA colleagues.

Her appointment begins Sept. 30 and runs through June 30, 2010.