Department of Political Science


Professor Neil Mitchell

Neil smiles into the camera
Emeritus Professor of International Relations


I joined UCL as Professor of International Relations in September 2011, becoming Emeritus in 2020. Originally from London, I received a BA from Nottingham University and went to Indiana University in the United States for my MA and PhD. In the United States, I was Visiting Assistant Professor at Grinnell College, Iowa, Assistant Professor at Iowa State University, and Assistant, Associate and full Professor at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. I was Chair of the Department of Political Science at New Mexico from 1993 to 2001. I moved back to the United Kingdom in 2005 and held a Sixth Century Chair in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Aberdeen, before returning to London in 2011.


I work on human rights, conflict, issues of leadership and accountability, and the role of non-state actors. Recent projects include public attitudes to holding soldiers accountable for war crimes, the interactive relationship between states and civil society, the use of non-state armed groups or militias by governments, and the incentives and risks of delegation.

My earlier research included work on business-government relations and the implications for democracy.

Selected publications

Journal articles