Dr Michelle Bentley

Educational background

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

Personal profile



Dr Bentley is Senior Lecturer 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 (constructed around her model of Quentin Skinner's 'innovating ideologist') 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 is currently working on two projects: one on securitization and emotion, and a new book on political hypocrisy.

Dr Bentley is also a contributor to The Conversation.

Research interests

US foreign policy; strategic narratives; securitization; political hypocrisy; weapons of mass destruction; terrorism



PR2550 War and Security in World Politics (course leader)


PR5908 Issues in US Foreign Policy (course leader)

PR5924 Transnational Security Studies (course leader)

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