Kristen Bell is an Assistant Professor at University of Oregon School of Law. She is a graduate of Stanford University, Stanford Law School, and earned her PhD in philosophy at UNC-Chapel Hill. She clerked for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and was a Senior Liman Fellow and Lecturer at Yale Law School. Bell was selected as a Soros Justice Fellow in 2013 and in that capacity, she did research, in-prison education, and litigation toward improving parole hearings in California for people serving life sentences for juvenile convictions. Her first article on this work, A Stone of Hope: Legal and Empirical Analysis of Juvenile Lifer Parole Decisions, was published in the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review in 2019.