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Charles Bell is Awarded the Ruth D. Peterson Fellowship

charlesbell3Charles Bell, one of the more recent PI Board members, was just awarded the Ruth D. Peterson Fellowship for Racial and Ethnic Diversity, a part of the American Society of Criminology. 

We congratulate Charles for the recognition of his work and are grateful for his presence on our board!

Charles Bell is a PhD Candidate in the sociology department at Wayne State University.

Charles’ research focuses on race, gender, school discipline, mass incarceration, and mental health. His dissertation employs critical qualitative methodology using semi-structured interviews to assess African American students and parent perceptions of school discipline. As studies substantiate school removal via suspension or expulsion as a predictor of future incarceration, Charles’ study seeks to explore how African American students and parents perceive school discipline and its impact on achievement, relationships with teachers and peers, social status, parental employment, masculinity and femininity, and perceptions of law enforcement officers.

Charles’ work can be found in Sociology Compass, the International Journal of Assessment and Evaluation, ACJS Today, and the Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development. Charles also teaches criminal justice and sociology courses at Eastern Michigan and Oakland Universities.

In addition to his academic pursuits, Charles serves in a variety of leadership positions in the Detroit community. Currently, Charles serves on the board of Proving Innocence, a nonprofit organization that conducts preliminary investigations into claims of wrongful conviction. He also leads a very vibrant community engagement series that features at-risk youth, returning citizens, educators, politicians, and law enforcement officers. His community engagement series initiates important dialogue regarding solutions to the school to prison pipeline and mass incarceration. Recently, Charles was featured in a Detroit Public Television documentary titled “Pathways to Prison”.






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