Prof. Macalester Bell, Ph.D.

Previous Visiting Fellow

Bryn Mawr College


Macalester Bell is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Bryn Mawr College. Before arriving at Bryn Mawr, she taught philosophy at Franklin & Marshall College, the University of Michigan, and Columbia University. From 2018 to 2019, she was a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Faculty Fellow at Princeton’s University Center for Human Values. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina where she was a Royster Fellow.

Macalester Bell’s primary research and teaching interests are in ethics and moral psychology, and much of her work focuses on the role of emotions in responding to wrongdoing and injustice. Her published papers take up fundamental questions concerning anger, blame, forgiveness, reparation, personal relationships, love and inspiration. She is the author of Hard Feelings: The Moral Psychology of Contempt (Oxford University Press, 2013). Currently, she is working on a project concerning the moral dimensions of photography.

Macalester Bell is member of the CAS Research Group "Relationships in Transition: Normative Challenges" of Prof. Dr. Monika Betzler.