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Laura N. Bell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: Old Main 423
Email: lbell@wtamu.edu
Phone: 806-651-2515

Professional Profile

Dr. Bell joined the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice in 2016. She received a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Texas at Tyler in 1999, a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Texas at Tyler in 2003 and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2015. Currently, Dr. Bell serves as an Assistant Professor of Political Science with WTAMU.

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Bell teaches courses in comparative politics, international law, American national government, American national security, Middle Eastern politics, and terrorism.

Research and Creative Activity

Dr. Bell’s research interests include political assassinations, terrorism, transitional justice, and the Middle East. Her research has been published in peer-review journals, including Terrorism and Political Violence and Studies in Conflict & Terrorism. She is the author of a book examining the types of targets selected for assassination as a component of terror campaigns entitled Targets of Terror: Contemporary Assassination published by Rowman & Littlefield International in 2021.

Dr. Bell also contributes essays to Political Animal Magazine and is working on her next book project, which examines the use of assassination as a tool of politics in Lebanon. Her research encompasses both qualitative and quantitative methods and cuts across both the comparative politics and international relations subfields