Dr. James Bell is Associate Professor of English and Chair of the English, Foreign Language and Humanities Department. He joined the faculty of Northwestern in 2010, having previously been an Associate Professor of English and Director of Institutional Assessment at College of the Ozarks. Prior to his eleven years at College of the Ozarks, Dr. Bell spent eleven years teaching high school English, theater, and psychology in Texas schools while completing his MA in English and Theater from Texas Woman's University and his PhD in English from Texas Tech University.
Dr. Bell's primary fields of interest include literature of the American West, contemporary American and British fiction, and popular culture studies. Dr. Bell served as area chair in Reality Television at Southwest/Texas American Culture and Popular Culture Association conferences in previous years and currently serves as co-chair of Folklore Studies and chair of the Cormac McCarthy area in that organization. He is also active in the South Central Modern Language Association, where he has served as secretary and chair of the Southwestern Literature panel. He has produced a number of scholarly presentations and a book, Cormac McCarthy's West (Texas Western Press), on the fiction of Cormac McCarthy.