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 PhD, 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.
Outside of work, Carole is most passionate about Jamaica, politics, movies and the visual arts. She is also dedicated to community service. She has been an executive member of the Chatham County Democratic Party, served as a delegate to North Carolina Democratic State Conventions and led volunteer efforts in the Chapel Hill, NC office of Obama for America during the 2008 primaries. She is a past president of the Jamaican-American service organization JAMPACT and served on the Studio Museum in Harlem Contemporary Friends Steering Committee and on the Film Festival Screening Committee for GenArt, a non-profit organization promoting emerging artists in film, fashion and the visual arts. In a testament to the triumph of the spirit over ability and better judgment, Carole has completed two half marathons, several sprint triathlons and one Olympic-length triathlon (very slowly).