Dr Ellis Mallett

PhD Politics (University of Surrey); MA Diplomacy & Foreign Policy (Lancaster University); BA (Hons) History & International Politics (MMU)


My research project

University roles and responsibilities

  • Research Assistant, Centre for Britain and Europe
  • Junior Fellow, Centre for International Intervention
  • PGR Seminars & Events Lead 2020/21
  • Postgraduate Research Representative for the Department of Politics 2020/21

    My qualifications

    Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching
    University of Surrey
    MA Diplomacy & Foreign Policy
    Lancaster University, Distinction
    BA (Hons) International Politics with History
    Manchester Metropolitan University, 2.1

    Affiliations and memberships

    British International Studies Association


    Research interests

    Research projects

    Indicators of esteem

    • Santander PhD Mobility Award (£2000 travel grant), University of Surrey

    • Doctoral College Studentship Award, University of Surrey

    • Mahindra Naraine Memorial Prize for best overall performance in MA Politics and International Relations, Lancaster University




    Ellis Robyn Mallett, Thomas Juneau (2023)A Neoclassical Realist Theory of Overbalancing, In: Global Studies Quarterly3(2)ksad023 Oxford University Press

    Why do states overestimate threats and, as a result, mount disproportionately strong and therefore costly balancing responses? To answer this question, we build a neoclassical realist theory of overbalancing to argue that unit-level intervening variables help generate a counterforce greater than what a structurally induced ideal response would call for. We identify the factors and conditions that steer states to deviate from realist, optimal policies, pinpoint the consequences of such suboptimal behavior , and provide policymakers with recommendations more suited to an interest-driven foreign policy in line with power considerations. We apply our theory to two distinct case studies: Egypt's costly intervention in Yemen in the 1960s and the American overreaction to the real, but very limited, threat posed by terrorism since 2001.