Kristen Bell

Lecturer in Law (spring term), Associate Research Scholar in Law, and Senior Liman Fellow in Residence


Kristen Bell is a Lecturer in Law, Associate Research Scholar in Law, and Senior Liman Fellow in Residence at Yale Law School.

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Education & Curriculum Vitae


J.D., Stanford Law School, 2013

Ph.D. (Philosophy), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010

B.A., Stanford University, 2005

Courses Taught


  • Liman Project

Kristen Bell is a Lecturer in Law, Associate Research Scholar in Law, and Senior Liman Fellow in Residence at Yale Law School. She is a graduate of Stanford Law School and earned her PhD in legal and moral philosophy at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her dissertation, “Mercy and Criminal Justice,” explores the concept of mercy and the sense in which conditions of social injustice vitiate the moral justification for criminal punishment. During law school, Bell interned at the Southern Center for Human Rights and the Center for Death Penalty Litigation, taught seminars on mass incarceration at a state prison, and participated in Stanford’s Three Strikes Project and Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. After law school, Bell clerked for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in her hometown of Boston. Bell was selected as a Soros Justice Fellow in 2013 and conducted her fellowship at the Post-Conviction Justice Project at USC. As a Soros Justice Fellow, Bell conducted policy advocacy, in-prison education, and impact litigation toward improving the opportunity for release of California prisoners serving juvenile life sentences. Her research article on California’s parole process for juvenile lifers is forthcoming.