Dave Benjamin, Ph.D.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 M.A. in Global Development and Peace, and he also teaches in the B.A. in International Political Economy & Diplomacy program. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom where he earned 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).

His published work and conference papers include United Nations policy; International Human Rights and International Criminal Law; and implementation of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P). His current research includes political corruption and state collapse/state failure; and the future of the United Nations Security Council.

Benjamin is Human Rights Section Program Chair for the 2015 International Studies Association (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), 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 a recipient of the annual Chapter Activity Grant over the last eight consecutive years. He also serves as Awards and Fellowships Officer of the UB Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.

His courses include:

GLDP 511 Issues in Economic Development
GLDP 523 Corruption
GLDP 563 International Human Rights
PSCI 209 Introduction to United Nations Studies
PSCI 312 Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

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