Mark Bell


Mark Bell is a PhD candidate in Political Science at MIT and a research fellow with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School. 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 Masters in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow, and a first class B.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from St. Anne's College, Oxford University.


"Examining Explanations for Nuclear Proliferation." International Studies Quarterly (Forthcoming).

"Beyond Emboldenment: How Acquiring Nuclear Weapons Can Change Foreign Policy." International Security, Volume 40, no. 1 (Summer 2015): 87-119.

"Questioning the Effect of Nuclear Weapons on Conflict." Journal of Conflict Resolution, Volume 59, Issue 1 (February 2015): 74-92 (with Nicholas Miller).

"Can Britain Defend the Falklands?" Defence Studies, Volume 12, Issue. 2 (June 2012): 283-301