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 Royal Holloway Centre for International Security (RHISC).

Her research has been published in key journals, including Security Studies, Review of International Studies, and International Affairs. She has written two sole-authored books: Weapons of Mass Destruction and US Foreign Policy: The Strategic Use of a Concept (Routledge, 2014) and Syria and the Chemical Weapons Taboo: Exploiting the Forbidden (Manchester University Press, 2016). She has also co-published two edited volumes on the Obama administration and continuity in US foreign policy. She is currently writing two further books: one on the biological weapons taboo and one on political hypocrisy and WMD arms control.

Dr Bentley is currently on research leave, having been awarded a 2021-22 Leverhulme Research Fellowship.

Research interests

Weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, biological, and chemical); taboos; US foreign policy; political language; terrorism



PR2550 War and Security in World Politics (module convenor)

PR3620 US Foreign Policy (module convenor)

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