Associate Professor of Global Development
Ph.D., University of Cambridge; United Kingdom
Office: Carlson Hall, Room 226
Phone: (203) 576-4452
Dr. Dave Benjamin is Chair of the Graduate Program in Global Development and Peace, and he also teaches in the undergraduate International Political Economy & Diplomacy program. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom where he earned his his M.Phil. and his Ph.D in International Relations, of the University of the West Indies (Dip. International Relations), and Carleton University (BA Hons. International History).
Dr. Benjamin has conducted research, presented papers and published articles on issues related to the United Nations; International Human Rights, and International Criminal Law; and implementation of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P). Dr. Benjamin has also done pioneer work in demonstrating that political corruption creates the conditions for state collapse and state failure. In relation to this, he is at the forefront of scholarship on the international community's Responsibility to hold state leaders accountable for political corruption.
Dr. Benjamin is completing a second term as Secretary of the Human Rights Section of International Studies Association (ISA) (2010-2012, and 2012-14), and as a member of the Governing Council of ISA Northeast (2012-14). He is beginning a two year term on the three member review committee for the 2013 Yale Ferguson Book of the Year Award for ISA Northeast. The award is presented at the annual ISA convention.
His professional affiliations also include Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), International Political Science Association (IPSA), American Political Science Association (APSA), and the American Society of International Law (ASIL). He is also an active member of ISA Northeast, the New England Political Science Association (NEPSA), the Northeast Political Science Association (NPSA), and the New York State Political Science Association (NYSPSA). He continues to serve as faculty advisor to the UB chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, which has been awarded one of the society's national activity grant awards for seven years straight, and is the current Awards and Fellowships Officer of the UB Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.
Dr. Benjamin’s courses include:
GLDP 511 Issues in Economic Development
GLDP 523 Corruption
GLDP 563 International Human Rights