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 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, and Defence Studies, and has been funded by the Smith Richardson Foundation and 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)
  • Quantitative Methods in International Relations Research (graduate)
  • The Politics of Nuclear Weapons (undergraduate)
  • Comparative Foreign Policy (graduate)
  • Bell, Mark Stephen (forthcoming). Nuclear Opportunism: A Theory of How States Use Nuclear Weapons In International Politics. Journal of Strategic Studies, 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