Bell Julian Clement

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Bell Julian Clement

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Bell Julian Clement is a student of American political economy and the development of the institutions and processes of American governance. Her present research explores federal efforts to reconstruct the American city in the midst of the upheavals of the 1960s, reinterpreting sixties urban turmoil in the context of shifting federal system relations. Her current project documents the intertwining of Johnson and Nixon administration law and order policies for the nation’s capital with the effort to create home rule for the District of Columbia. She holds B.A., J.D., and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Chicago and was awarded a doctorate in history by the George Washington University in 2014 (“Creative Federalism and Urban Policy: Placing the City in the Great Society,” Ph.D. diss., 2014). Prior to coming to the Department, she participated in D.C. urban development efforts as a community organizer, working with grass-roots neighborhood associations; as a D.C. government economic development planner; and as a trade association advocate for small and minority business. She is a member of the D.C. Bar. She serves as Editor of Washington History, the journal of the Historical Society of Washington.

Complete CV (PDF)

  • 19th-Century United States
  • 20th-Century United States
  • Public Policy
  • Washington, D.C., Federal City

“Primed for Development: Washington, D.C.’s Great Society Transitions, 1964-1974” in Capital Dilemma: Growth and Inequality in Washington, D.C., eds. Sabiyha Prince and Derek Hyra (Routledge, 2015) pp. 45-65.

“Wagner-Steagall and the D.C. Alley Dwelling Authority,” Journal of the American Planning Association, 78:4 (Autumn 2012) pp. 434-48.

“Pushback:  The White Community’s Dissent from Bolling,Washington History, 16:2 (Fall / Winter 2004-2005) pp. 87-109.

“Great Society, Law and Order,” (Review Essay) Journal of Urban History, 44:3 (May 2018) pp. 539-47.

“Measuring Great Society Impact in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Newark,” (Review Essay) Reviews in American History, 45:3 (September 2017) pp. 496-503.

“Turmoil, Hubris, and Hope: Recent Retrospectives on the Great Society,” (Review Essay) American Studies 54:2 (Summer 2015) pp. 73-83.

“City Thinking, City Spaces,” (Review Essay) Washington History, 23:1 (2011) p.78-84.

Ph.D., George Washington University, 2014

M.B.A., University of Chicago, 2001

J.D., University of Chicago, 1982