Curtis Bell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor International Programs
Curtis Bell faculty photo

Biography

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.

Areas of Expertise

  • Africa
  • Asymmetrical Warfare
  • Civil War
  • Foreign Policy
  • International Relations
  • Irregular Warfare
  • Security Cooperation
  • Terrorism

Professional Highlights

2021

Associate Professor of Maritime Security and Governance

International Programs Department, U.S. Naval War College
2018

Creator and Director, Stable Seas

Designed, created, and scaled a new and impactful global maritime security research organization that advised the United Nations, African Union, International Maritime Organization, and others.
2017

Associate Director of Research, One Earth Future

Led a non-governmental political conflict research team on a wide variety of impactful research projects.
2015

Research Associate, One Earth Future

Designed and built an innovative political event forecasting system that has appeared on the cover of The Economist, in the New York Times, and elsewhere.
2012

Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Tennessee

Instructed courses ranging from large undergraduate surveys to doctoral seminars on topics including civil war, international relations theory, and ethnic conflict.
2011

Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Colorado at Boulder

Specializations in International Relations, Comparative Political Systems, and Research Methods

Education

Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder, Political Science

M.A., University of Colorado at Boulder, Political Science

B.A. (with honors), Willamette University, Politics

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Research Contributions and Publications

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