Carole Bell’s research explores the relationship between non-traditional news sources including entertainment media and sociopolitical attitudes and public opinion. She is particularly interested in the role of communication in social change related to group identities including race, gender and sexuality. In focusing on these areas, her goal is to understand how mediated communication influences and can potentially help to eliminate traditional social divisions. In 2010 Dr. Bell earned her Ph.D. in Mass Communication Research from the University of North Carolina, concentrating in Political Communication and Communication Effects. She also holds an M.S. in Television and Radio Management from Brooklyn College, where she was the top graduate student in her class, and an A.B. (Bachelor’s) in English and American Literature from Harvard. She has served as a Visiting Assistant Professor and as the 2010-11 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Political Communication at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. In September 2011, she joined Northeastern University’s Communication Studies Department.
Dr. Bell’s professional experience spans media and marketing. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., she worked for eight years in interactive and direct marketing and interactive media development, working with Fortune 100 clients on strategy and campaign execution and with agency management on new business development. She has also worked in public radio, most recently for the nationally syndicated public radio program The Story with Dick Gordon. At The Story, she produced feature stories on a variety of social and political subjects including military suicide, interracial marriage, polygamy and presidential campaign politics.