Curtis Bell is an associate professor of Maritime Security and Governance in the International Programs Department at the U.S. Naval War College. Before joining NWC in 2021, he created and directed Stable Seas, a non-governmental research program that specialized in multilateral cooperation at sea and the maritime activities of terrorists and other violent extremists. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, the Economist and academic journals like International Studies Quarterly and Journal of Conflict Resolution. He earned a doctorate in political science from the University of Colorado and previously taught there and at the University of Tennessee.