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Ask Kristen Bell about her favorite author, and she’ll respond with a deep laugh, as though she’s about to name someone whose work will seem inferior. But her answer is:”Dostoevski. I like ‘The Brothers Karamazov’ best. It’s very rich, both philosophically and psychologically, and [it’s] about the big questions we face: freedom and responsibility, and what we do when things are falling apart.”

In Bell’s life, things aren’t falling apart. Quite the opposite.

Thanks to a Soros Justice Fellowship awarded to her earlier this year, Bell will spend the next one-and-a-half years at USC Gould School of Law facilitating implementation of SB 260, the so-called hope bill.