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 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 is currently writing her next book on the biological weapons taboo.

Dr Bentley was awarded the 2017 POLITICS Learning and Teaching Prize for her research on higher education.

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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