Jeannine Bell, University of Indiana Law School

Can't we be Your Neighbor? Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman and the Resistance to Blacks as Neighbors

Wed, 04/09/2014
By invitation only
Graduate Students
Policy Students

The Program in Law and Public Affairs invites MPP/MPA students to join us for  "Law in the Public Service: Not Just for Lawyers," where our guest will be Professor Jeannine Bell of the University of Indiana Law School.

This event is by invitation only. If interested, please e-mail Judi Rivkin at

From Professor Bell: "Crimes like the shooting of Trayvon Martin and other recent killings of African Americans are symptomatic of Whites’ failure to view African Americans as neighbors, people who have the equal right to share the intimate spaces of neighborhoods."

Professor Jeannine Bell has written extensively on hate crime and criminal justice issues. Her first book, Policing Hatred: Law Enforcement, Civil Rights, and Hate Crime (New York University Press 2002) is an ethnography of a police hate crime unit. Her book titled Police and Policing Law (Ashgate 2006) is an edited collection that explores law and society scholarship on the police. Her newest book is Hate Thy Neighbor: Move-in Violence and the Persistence of Racial Segregation in American Housing (NYU Press, 2013). Bell's research is broadly interdisciplinary, touching on both political science and law. In that regard, she has written in the area of qualitative methodology and she is co-author of Gaining Access: A Practical and Theoretical Guide for Qualitative Researchers (AltaMira Press 2003). Her scholarship has appeared in the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Rutgers Race & the Law Review, Punishment and Society, and the Michigan Journal of Race and Law. An associate editor of the Law and Society Review, Bell has served a trustee of the Law and Society Association and as a member of the American Political Association's Presidential Taskforce on Political Violence and Terrorism.