Finn Bell, Ph.D.
Teaching Areas:Environmental Studies, Social Welfare Policy, Social Work
Research Areas:Climate Change & Health, Community Based Research, Ecojustice Education, Food Policy
Biography and Education
Finn McLafferty Bell is an assistant professor of human services at the College of Education, Health, and Human Services, University of Michigan—Dearborn. He received his PhD in Social Work and Sociology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and his Masters in Social Work at the University of Denver.
Dr. Bell’s community-engaged, qualitative research is motivated by the overarching question of how communities can cultivate the emotional, spiritual, cultural, and material resources needed to face the climate crisis. This inquiry has led him to interviewing workers and sisters about how they cope while working on a farm at a Catholic eco-justice center, as well as interviewing working class and Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) food growers in Ypsilanti about how growing food helps them to build resilience to an environment that is not only changing because of the climate, but also because of rapid gentrification. In recognition of this work, Dr. Bell was named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Social Work Health Futures Lab Fellow and awarded a Dow Sustainability Fellowship.
Dr. Bell’s research interests and twelve years of experience as a social work practitioner inform his teaching, which focuses on anti-oppressive, anti-racist, and anti-colonial social work theories and practice.
Dr. Bell has presented his scholarship at the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR), the American Sociological Society (ASA), and the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), and his publications can be found in Journal of Community Practice, Qualitative Social Work, Social Work, and Affilia, among others.