I am an assistant professor in the Department of International Studies at the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies and adjunct assistant professor of political science at Indiana University-Bloomington. I earned my Ph.D. in political science from Duke University (in Security, Peace and Conflict), a J.D.-M.A. from the University of Virginia School of Law and UVA Graduate School (specializing in international law), and an M.T.S. from Duke Divinity School (specializing in ethics and just war theory).

I am currently an honorary research fellow with the University College London (UCL) Centre for U.S. Politics. Previously, I have been a research fellow with the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs, the George Washington University; the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership at the U.S. Naval Academy; the Department of Law and Policy at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC); and the Modern War Institute at the U.S. Military Academy.

My research is interdisciplinary in nature and focuses on international security and conflict, international law, political violence, and the role of law, ethics, and norms in shaping conflict behavior. In my research, I examine military training in ethics and the law of armed conflict, military culture, urban warfare, counterinsurgency, and humanitarian intervention.

My analysis has been published in venues such as the Journal of Peace Research, Security Studies, International Interactions, Parameters, ASIL Proceedings, as well as in Newsweek, the Washington Post, The Hill, War on the Rocks, Just Security, and EJIL:Talk! among others.

I have advised or led major studies with policy organizations such as the Department of Defense, the Department of State, the U.S. Institute of Peace, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the ICRC, the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) and Human Rights First. I have received grants and fellowships from the ICRC, Duke University (the E. Bayard Halsted Scholarship), the Bradley Foundation, in addition to receiving multiple Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships. I have served as an active duty and reserve officer in the U.S. Air Force with service in Afghanistan, Iraq, Germany, and Japan.

Email me at bellam(at) or follow me on Twitter at @AndrewBellUS.