Associate Professor of Global Development, School of Public and International Affairs
Benjamin’s professional affiliations include International Studies Association (served as Human Rights Section Secretary from 2010-2014, and Human Rights Section Program Co-Chair for the 2015 and 2016 annual conventions; ISA Northeast book award committee 2015; International Law Section Book Award Committee 2016; International Law Section Best Paper Award Committee Chair 2017). He has put a number of panels together in the Human Rights and International Law Sections for the annual ISA convention that have included Human Security, Climate Justice, Corruption and Human Rights, and the Crime of Aggression. He is also a member of the American Political Science Association, the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), and New England Political Science Association (NEPSA). In April 2017 he was elected President of NEPSA for the 2019-2020 year.
Benjamin serves as chapter advisor to the UB chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national Political Science honor society, which has been a recipient of an annual Chapter Activity Grant over the last decade, and has served as Awards and Fellowships Officer on the executive board of the UB chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. He has long been a faculty member in the UB Honors Program. He has also served as Secretary to the UB Senate, and President of the Faculty Council.
At the core of his ethos is mentorship of students. Mentorship of graduate students in building a body of scholarship; and of undergraduates in charting career paths.
Ph.D. International Studies, and M.Phil. International Relations, University of Cambridge; Dip. International Relations, University of the West Indies; B.A. Hons. International History, Carleton University
GLDP 511 Issues in Economic Development (graduate)
GLDP 523 Corruption (graduate)
GLDP 563 International Human Rights (graduate)
PSCI 209 United Nations Studies (undergraduate)
PSCI 215 International Human Rights (undergraduate)
PSCI 312 Diplomacy and Foreign Policy (undergraduate)
His published work and conference papers include international human rights, the responsibility to protect, evolution of the International Criminal Court, Sovereignty, and political corruption. He has also published work on the United Nations.