Mark S Bell

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Mark Bell is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. His research examines issues relating to nuclear weapons and proliferation, international relations theory, and US and British foreign policy. His first book, Nuclear Reactions: How Nuclear-Armed States Behave, examines how states change their foreign policies when they acquire nuclear weapons, is published with Cornell University Press as part of the Cornell Studies in Security Affairs series. Other work has been published or is forthcoming in International Organization, International Security, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal of Strategic Studies, Texas National Security Review, and Defence Studies, and has been funded by the Stanton Foundation, the US Air Force Academy and Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Charles Koch Foundation, and the Tobin Project, among others. He holds a Ph.D in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow, and a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from St. Anne's College, Oxford University.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D: Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 2016.
  • M.P.P.: Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA, 2010.
  • B.A.: Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, St. Anne's College, Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom, 2006.

Curriculum Vitae


  • International security, nuclear weapons, US foreign policy
Courses Taught
  • US Foreign Policy (undergraduate)
  • Technology and War (undergraduate)
  • The Politics of Nuclear Weapons (undergraduate)
  • Quantitative Methods in International Relations Research (graduate)
  • Comparative Foreign Policy (graduate)
  • International Security (graduate)
  • Bell, Mark Stephen (2021). Nuclear Reactions: How Nuclear-Armed States Behave. Cornell University Press. Link
  • Bell, Mark Stephen, Noel Anderson (forthcoming). The Limits of Regional Power: South Africa’s Security Strategy, 1975–1989. Journal of Strategic Studies,
  • Bell, Mark Stephen (2019). Defending the "Acquisition-Use Presumption" in Assessing the Likelihood of Nuclear Terrorism. International Studies Quarterly, 63 (3), 774-778. Link
  • Bell, Mark Stephen, Julia Macdonald (2019). How to Think About Nuclear Crises. Texas National Security Review, 2 (2), 40-64. Link
  • Bell, Mark Stephen (2019). Nuclear Opportunism: A Theory of How States Use Nuclear Weapons In International Politics. Journal of Strategic Studies, 42 (1), 3-28. Link
  • Bell, Mark Stephen, Kai Quek (2018). Authoritarian Public Opinion and the Democratic Peace. International Organization, 72 (1), 227-242. Link
  • Bell, Mark Stephen (2016). Examining Explanations for Nuclear Proliferation. International Studies Quarterly, 60 (3), 520-529. Link
  • Bell, Mark Stephen (2016). Correspondence: The Effects of Acquiring Nuclear Weapons. International Security, 41 (1), 186-190. Link
  • Bell, Mark Stephen (2015). Beyond Emboldenment: How Acquiring Nuclear Weapons Can Change Foreign Policy. International Security, 40 (1), 87-119. Link
  • Bell, Mark Stephen, Nicholas L. Miller (2015). Questioning the Effect of Nuclear Weapons on Conflict. Journal of Conflict Resolution, 59 (1), 74-92. Link
  • Bell, Mark Stephen (2012). Can Britain Defend the Falklands?. Defence Studies, 12 (2), 283-301. Link