Social and Behavioral Sciences Faculty

Felicia A. Bell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History

Office: SSB 257

Tel: 912-358-3255

bellf@savannahstate.edu

Education

Ph.D., Howard University

Biography

Dr. Felicia Bell has over 13 years of experience as a museum educator.  She has directed education programs for the U. S. Capitol Historical Society in Washington, DC as well as the Coastal Heritage Society in Savannah, Georgia.   Research for Dr. Bell’s dissertation titled, “’The negroes alone work:’ Enslaved Craftsmen, the Building Trades, and the Construction of the United States Capitol, 1790-1800,” garnered attention from Congress.  In November 2007, she gave an expert witness testimony before the United States House of Representatives Committee on House Administration about the use of enslaved and free black craftsmen to construct the United States Capitol.  Her testimony, along with others, resulted in a bill to name the Capitol Visitor Center’s great hall, “Emancipation Hall.”  The bill was signed into law in December 2007. Dr. Bell’s scholarship and expertise has been recognized and consulted by several institutions.  She is a proud alumnus of Savannah State University (BA, History, 1998) and is pleased to contribute her talents to the academic rigor of her students.

Research Interests

My research interests include determining how enslaved craftsmen contributed to the development of the built environment in early America as well as expanding ways to make history accessible for people of various ethnic groups.