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Brett Benson - Vanderbilt University. Nashville, TN, US

Brett Benson Brett Benson

Associate Professor of Political Science | Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN, UNITED STATES

Expert in Chinese and East Asian politics and international relations, as well as economic and military alliances.

Biography

Benson's research interests lie in the areas of international relations and Chinese politics and East Asian relations. He has worked on military alliances and interstate conflict and is the author of Constructing International Security: Alliances, Deterrence, and Moral Hazard (Cambridge University Press, 2012). His current research focuses on the role of weapons systems in international politics. In particular, he is studying the weapons and strategies countries are using to reduce nuclear proliferation, the relationship between the sale of conventional weapons and military alliances, and the effects of small arms markets on intrastate conflicts. In addition to his work on international relations topics, he is also involved in a project that examines the effect of religious bias on voters’ decisions in the U.S. presidential election.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Religious Bias among U.S. Voters

East Asian Relations

International Relations

Chinese Politics

Military Alliances

Accomplishments (3)

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Quantitative and Analytical Political Science Program, Department of Political Science, Princeton University (professional)

2020-06-16

In residence 2010-11

POSCO Fellow, East-West Center, Honolulu, HI (professional)

2020-06-16

In residence summer 2010

Center for Americas Work Group Grant, Vanderbilt University

Awarded in 2008

Education (2)

Duke University: M.A., Economics

Duke University: Ph.D., Political Science

Selected Articles (6)

Changing Capabilities, Uncertainty, and the Risk of War in Crisis Bargaining Research and PoliticsF

Benson, Brett V., Adam Meirowitz and Kristopher W. Ramsay

Benson, Brett V., Adam Meirowitz and Kristopher W. Ramsay. "Changing Capabilities, Uncertainty, and the Risk of War in Crisis Bargaining." Research and Politics, July-Sep (2016 ): 1-6.

Assessing the Variation of Formal Military Alliances Journal of Conflict ResolutionF

Benson, Brett V., and Joshua D. Clinton

Benson, Brett V., and Joshua D. Clinton. "Assessing the Variation of Formal Military Alliances." Journal of Conflict Resolution, 60,5 (2016): 866-898.

Inducing Deterrence Through Moral Hazard in Alliance Contracts Journal of Conflict ResolutionF

Benson, Brett V., Adam Meirowitz and Kristopher Ramsay

Benson, Brett V., Adam Meirowitz and Kristopher Ramsay. “Inducing Deterrence Through Moral Hazard in Alliance Contracts.” Journal of Conflict Resolution, 58, 2 (2014): 307-335.

Ally Provocateur: Why Allies Do Not Always Behave Journal of Peace ResearchF

Benson, Brett V., Patrick Bentley and Jim Ray

Benson, Brett V., Patrick Bentley and Jim Ray. “Ally Provocateur: Why Allies Do Not Always Behave.” Journal of Peace Research, 50, 1 (2013): 47-58.

Constructing International Security: Alliances, Deterrence, and Moral Hazard Cambridge University PressF

Benson, Brett V.

Benson, Brett V. Constructing International Security: Alliances, Deterrence, and Moral Hazard. Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Unpacking Alliances: Deterrent and Compellent Alliances and Their Relationship with Conflict, 1816-2000 Journal of PoliticsF

Benson, Brett V.

Benson, Brett V. “Unpacking Alliances: Deterrent and Compellent Alliances and Their Relationship with Conflict, 1816-2000.” Journal of Politics 73, 4 (2011): 1111-1127.