Dr Michelle Bentley

Educational background

BSc (Hons), PGCert, PGDip, MSc, PhD, SFHEA

Personal profile




Dr Bentley is Reader in International Relations and Director of the Centre of International Public Policy (CIPP).

Her research has been published in prominent journals, including Security Studies, Review of International Studies, and International Affairs. She has written two sole-authored books: one analysing WMD and the strategic use of concepts, and a second entitled Syria and the Chemical Weapons Taboo: Exploiting the Forbidden, looking at US foreign policy on the Syrian crisis. She has also published two edited volumes on the Obama administration and continuity in US foreign policy.

She has also published on higher education issues and was awarded the 2017 POLITICS Learning and Teaching Prize for her research on trigger warnings.

Dr Bentley is an elected member of the British International Studies Association Executive Committee.

Research interests

US foreign policy; weapons of mass destruction; normative theory; narratives; terrorism



PR2550 War and Security in World Politics (course leader)


PR5924 Transnational Security Studies (course leader)

PR5960 Genocide and Humanitarian Intervention (course leader)

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