Elizabeth Bell


Elizabeth Bell is an Assistant Professor in the Askew School of Public Affairs at Florida State University. She also serves as an Academic Affiliate for the Office of Evaluation Sciences (OES), formerly known as the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team. Her research is at the intersection of public management, policy design, and higher education policy. The goal of her research is to highlight and alleviate inequalities in access to public services and improve the ability of government programs to meet policy goals, with a focus on college access and affordability. In her work with OES, she designs and implements randomized control trials aimed at reducing administrative burden in federal programs. Her work has been published in flagship journals including Public Administration Review, Policy Studies Journal, and American Educational Research Journal. Her teaching interests include public and nonprofit management, education policy and administration, and research methodology.


Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, Political Science
MA, University of Oklahoma, Political Science
BA, Southwestern University, Political Science

Awards & Honors

Elizabeth was the recipient of the Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Fellowship and has been awarded grants from the American Association of People with Disabilities, the World Health Organization, and the National Science Foundation.

Selected Publications

Bell, E. & Smith, K. (Forthcoming). “Working Within a System of Administrative Burden: How Street-level Bureaucrats’ Role Perceptions Shape Access to the Promise of Higher Education.” Administration & Society.

Carlson, D., Carlson, B., and Bell, E. (2021). “Interjurisdictional Competition and Policy Preferences of the Public: Modeling Public Preferences on the Oklahoma Penny Sales Tax Referendum.” The Journal of Politics, Vol. 83, No. 3, pp. 1114-1131. 13.

Bell, E. (2021). “Does Free Community College Improve Student Outcomes? Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Design.” Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Vol. 43, No. 2, pp. 329-350.

Bell, E. & Gandara, D. (2021). “Can Free Community College Close Racial Disparities in Postsecondary Attainment? How Tulsa Achieves Impacts Racially Minoritized Student Outcomes.” American Educational Research Journal.

Carlson, D. & Bell, E. (2021). “Socioeconomic Status, Race, and Public Support for School Integration Policy.” AERA Open, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 1-16.

Bell, E. (2021). “Estimating the Spillover Effects of the Tennessee Promise: Exploring Changes in Tuition, Fees, and Enrollment.” Journal of Student Financial Aid, Vol. 50, No. 1.

Bell, E., Ter-Mkrtchyan, A., Wehde, W., & Smith, K. (2021) “Just or Unjust? How Ideological Beliefs Shape Street‐level Bureaucrats’ Perceptions of Administrative Burden.” Public Administration Review, Vol. 81, No. 4, pp. 610-624.

Bell, E. (2021). “Deserving to Whom? Investigating Heterogeneity in the Impact of Social Constructions of Target Populations on Support for Affirmative Action.” Policy Studies Journal, Vol. 49, No. 1, pp. 268-299.

Bell, E., Fryar, A.H., & Johnson, T. (2020) “Exploring Public Perceptions of Nonprofit Advocacy.” Nonprofit Policy Forum, Vol. 12, No. 2, pp. 311-340.

Bell, E. (2020). “The Politics of Designing Tuition-Free College: How Socially Constructed Target Populations Influence Policy Support.” The Journal of Higher Education, Vol. 91, No. 6, pp. 888-926.

Elizabeth Bell

Assistant Professor

Areas of Interest: Public Management, Policy Design, Education Policy, Social Equity

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