Wendell Bell served three years as a naval aviator with a tour of duty in the Philippines during World War II.
After receiving his PhD from UCLA, he taught at Stanford, Northwestern, and then UCLA where he directed the West Indies Study Program, he joined the Yale faculty and was appointed a Fellow of Morse College in 1963. He served as Chair of the Department of Sociology, co-founded the Program of African American Studies, and directed the Comparative Sociology Training Program. He retired in 1995.
Professor Bell has served as President, Caribbean Studies Association; Fellow, Australian National University; and Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. His research ranges from the social areas of cities and the emergence of the new states to human values, inequality, and the knowledge base of futures studies. He has published more than 200 articles and is an award winning author of 10 books.
His many awards include a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Futures Studies Federation.
Prof. Bell continues his deep interest in ethnicity and race relations, social change and the future, the sociology of the future, human values and the nature of the good society, nationalism and the new states, inequality and social justice.