Faculty / Staff
Michelle A. Benson
Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School
Office: 513 Park Hall
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Areas of Teaching and Research Interest:
International Relations, Conflict Processes, International Organizations, International Trade and Cooperation, Social Movements, Ethnic Conflict, Introductory and Intermediate Econometrics
PSC 102 – Introduction to International Relations
PSC 103 – Introduction to Comparative Politics
PSC 326 – War and International Security
PSC 330 – Problems in International Relations (International Trade and Cooperation)
PSC 408 – Basic Statistics
PSC 500 – Political Inquiry
PSC 508 – Introduction to Statistics
PSC 531 – Intermediate Statistics
The International Status Quo and Conflict, Trade and Conflict, IGOs and Conflict, Determinants of Ethnic Conflict
Michelle A. Benson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. Her work primarily focuses on state to state ties and international conflict, trade and international conflict, intergovernmental organizations and international conflict, and the role of social capital in domestic conflict processes. Her work has been published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Peace Research, International Interactions, Social Science Quarterly, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, and the Journal of Political Science. She received her B.A. from the University of California at Davis, a Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies in International Security from the Université Pierre Mendès France, a M.A. from Claremont Graduate University in International Political Economy, and her Ph.D. in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University.
Selected Recent Research:
“The Dynamics of Ethnonationalist Contention.” (with Gregory D. Saxton). 2010. British Journal of
Political Science. 40(2): 305-331.
“Choosing Sides: UN Resolutions and Non-Neutrality in International Conflicts.” (with Nil Satana). 2008. In Jacob Bercovitch and Scott Gartner, eds. International Conflict Mediation: New Approaches and Findings. Routledge Press
“Status Quo Preferences and Disputes Short of War.” 2007. International Interactions. 33(3): 271-288.
“The Relevance of Politically Relevant Dyads in the Study of Interdependence and Dyadic Disputes.” 2005. Conflict Management and Peace Science 22(2): 113-133.
“Dyadic Hostility and the Ties that Bind: State-to-State versus State-to-System Security and Economic Relationships.” 2004. Journal of Peace Research 41(6): 659-676.
“Power Parity, Democracy, and the Severity of Internal Violence” (with Jacek Kugler). 1998. Journal of Conflict Resolution 42(2): 196-209.