Andrew Bell is an assistant professor in the Department of International Studies at the School of Global and International Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington. His research interests focus on international security, international law, the law of armed conflict, humanitarian intervention, counterinsurgency, political violence, and ethics in war.
Bell earned a Ph.D. in political science from Duke University specializing in security and conflict studies, a J.D.-M.A. from the University of Virginia School of Law specializing in international law, and an M.T.S. from Duke Divinity School specializing in ethics and just war theory. He has been a research fellow at the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the U.S. Naval Academy, a postdoctoral research fellow with the International Committee of the Red Cross, and a predoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs, the George Washington University. Bell has served as an active duty and reserve officer in the U.S. Air Force with service in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Bell’s current research examines the effect of military culture, the law of armed conflict, and norms of restraint on conduct toward civilians during war. His book manuscript, titled Leashing the “Dogs of War”: Norms, Law, and Restraint Toward Civilians in War, argues that military cultures founded in norms of civilian immunity and the law of war can ultimately produce restraint toward civilians in conflict.