Macalester Bell


Research Interests

Welcome!   I'm an associate professor of philosophy at Bryn Mawr College

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. 

I am committed to increasing diversity in philosophy.  To that end, I have worked as both a graduate and faculty mentor at Rutgers' Summer Institute for Diversity and as a faculty mentor at the Mentoring Project for Pre-Tenure Women Faculty in Philosophy.  I am concerned about threats to viewpoint diversity in philosophy and in academia more generally, and I joined Heterodox Academy in 2017.