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 Security, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, 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
  • POL 1026: US Foreign Policy (undergraduate lecture course)
  • POL 4810: Technology and War (undergraduate lecture course)
  • POL 1905: The US Role in the World (freshman seminar)
  • POL 8460: Quantitative Methods in International Relations Research (graduate seminar)
  • 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