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 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. In academic year 2021-2022, I will be an honorary research fellow with the Center for U.S. Politics at University College London (UCL).

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, and Just Security, among others.

Based on my research, I have been selected to help lead major studies with the ICRC and the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC), and I have advised 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, Human Rights First, and others. I have also been awarded multiple fellowships, including the Duke University E. Bayard Halsted Scholarship, multiple Bradley Foundation fellowships, and 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.