Bella graduated from Princeton University with a Ph.D. in Politics. Her dissertation research analyzed the strategy and management of interstate territorial disputes, using a variety of methods, including game theory, statistical analysis, and case studies, to explain political outcomes. Prior to Princeton, she received an A.B. in Government from Harvard University, with language certificates in French and Spanish, and studied abroad at the University of Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle. A rusty, but heritage, Mandarin speaker, she also studied for a summer during graduate school at the Inter-University Program (IUP) at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Her eternal struggle to maintain proficiency in these languages is ongoing.
In her spare time, Bella chairs the Voting Reform Initiative at the League of Women Voters of New York City and moonlights as a volunteer organizer for Red2Blue.