Dr. Michelle Bentley

Director, Reader in International Relations

About Dr. Bentley...

Reader in International Relations and Director of the Royal Holloway Centre for International Security (RHISC).

Dr Bentley’s research has been published in key journals, including Security Studies, Review of International Studies, and International Affairs. She has written two sole-authored books: Weapons of Mass Destruction and US Foreign Policy: The Strategic Use of a Concept (Routledge, 2014) and Syria and the Chemical Weapons Taboo: Exploiting the Forbidden (Manchester University Press, 2016). She has also co-published two edited volumes on the Obama administration and continuity in US foreign policy. She is currently writing two further books: one on the biological weapons taboo and one on political hypocrisy and WMD arms control.

Dr Bentley is currently on research leave, having been awarded a 2021-22 Leverhulme Research Fellowship.

Recent Publications

Known Unknowns: Covid-19 and Biological Warfare
Bentley, M., 8 Aug 2020, In: e-International Relations.

Life in the Age of Drone Warfare
Bentley, M., 5 Jul 2018, In: Politics, Religion and Ideology. 19, 3, p. 410-412

Experiencing Rwanda: Understanding Mass Atrocity at Nyamata
Bentley, M., 24 Apr 2018, Virtual Dark Tourism: Ghost Roads. McDaniel, K. (ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 183-204

Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Search for Global Security
Bentley, M., 15 Apr 2018, In: Security Journal. 31, 2, p. 660-62

Fetishised Data: Counterterrorism, Drone Warfare, and Pilot Testimony
Bentley, M., 1 Feb 2018, In: Critical Studies on Terrorism. 11, 1, p. 88-110

Syria, chemical weapons, and foreign policy: a reply
Bentley, M., 2 Oct 2017, In: Global Discourse. 7, 2-3, p. 304-308