B.A. University of Wisconsin
M.A. Hunter College
Ph.D. City University of New York
Professor Bell’s teaching and research interests include contemporary memoir and creative nonfiction, literature of trauma, literature and psycho-dynamic theory, contemporary British and American fiction, and modern drama. She is working on a memoir, Touched, an early version of which was a finalist for the 2014 San Diego Book Award. Among the writers she returns to again and again in her teaching and research are James Baldwin, Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett, Lorrie Moore, and Toni Morrison. She has published on Samuel Beckett (Dictionary of Literary Biography and the journal, Central Park), and on Virginia Woolf (review of Louise de Salvo’s Virginia Woolf: The Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse on her Life and Work). Professor Bell was the recipient of the 1995-1996 Palomar College Distinguished Faculty Award.