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Rebecca Bell-Martin - Faculty

Rebecca Victoria Martin

Rebecca Bell-Martin

Professor Researcher

Campus Monterrey, School of Social Sciences and Government, Tecnológico de Monterrey.


Public security
Violent conflict processes
Citizen participation and political behavior
Development policy



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She has a PhD in Political Science from Brown University, a Master in International Studies from the University of Denver and a BA in Political Science and Spanish from Whittier College. She is currently a professor-researcher at the School of Government and Public Transformation of the Tecnológico de Monterrey where she works with relevant issues such as citizen participation processes under violent contexts and in new democracies, conflict processes and civil war.

Her current projects include a book that explores the impact empathy has on the dynamics of citizen participation during times of conflict. She uses qualitative, quantitative, and experimental methods, and has extensive experience conducting research in Latin America. Her most recent publication discusses the empirical and ethical challenges of conducting research in violent contexts.

Her academic projects have been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation IGERT Award and the Mellon Foundation via Brown University. Certified teacher in inclusive teaching practices.

She has taught courses on human rights, international relations and violent conflict. In 2015, she was awarded the P. Terrence Hopmann Award for Teaching Excellence by the Division of Political Science at Brown University. She has been a visiting fellow at various government agencies in Washington, D.C. and worked with local governments in the state of California.

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Education and Training

  • PhD in Political Science, Brown University
  • Master in International Studies, University of Denver 
  • BA in Political Science and Spanish, Whittier College
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  • Confronting Selection Bias: The Normative and Empirical Risks of Data Collection in Violent Contexts Rebecca V. Bell-Martin & Jerome F. Marston Jr. (2019). Geopolitics, DOI:10.1080/14650045.2019.1659780