Macalester Bell

Research Interests

Welcome!   I'm an associate professor of philosophy at Bryn Mawr College. This spring I'm teaching Introduction to Philosophy, Emotions and Values, and the Senior Seminar.  

My primary teaching and research interests are in ethics and moral psychology.  I also teach and do some research in aesthetics and feminist philosophy.  I am especially interested in the appropriate attitudinal responses to serious immorality and injustice.  I have published several papers on forgiveness and the virtues and vices of anger, and I have written a book that explores the dangers and moral importance of contempt for persons. The book, Hard Feelings: The Moral Psychology of Contempt, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013. 

If you'd like to read more about my research interests, you may find my research statement here.  

I am committed to increasing diversity in philosophy.  To that end, I have worked as a graduate and faculty mentor at Rutger's Summer Institute for Diversity, and I will participate in this year's Mentoring Project for Pre-Tenure Women Faculty in Philosophy.  I am increasingly concerned about threats to viewpoint diversity in philosophy and in academia more generally, and I have recently joined Heterodox Academy