Mark Bell


I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. I also hold an affiliate faculty position at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. I study issues relating to nuclear weapons and proliferation, international relations theory, and U.S. and British foreign policy and grand strategy. 

My first book, Nuclear Reactions: How Nuclear-Armed States Behave, examines how states change their foreign policies when they acquire nuclear weapons. It was published by Cornell University Press as part of the Cornell Studies in Security Affairs series, and won the International Studies Association's Foreign Policy Section best book award. Other research is published in ​International Organization, International Security, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Strategic Studies, Texas National Security Review, and Defence Studies as well as public-facing outlets including the Washington Post/Monkey Cage, War on the Rocks, and The Washington Quarterly.

I hold a PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where I was affiliated with the Security Studies Program, a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, where I was a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow from 2008-2010, and a first class BA in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) from St Anne's College, Oxford University

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