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
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Quantitative and Analytical Political Science Program, Department of Political Science, Princeton University (professional)
In residence 2010-11
POSCO Fellow, East-West Center, Honolulu, HI (professional)
In residence summer 2010
Center for Americas Work Group Grant, Vanderbilt University
Awarded in 2008
Duke University: M.A., Economics
Duke University: Ph.D., Political Science
Selected Articles (6)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Benson, Brett V.
Benson, Brett V. Constructing International Security: Alliances, Deterrence, and Moral Hazard. Cambridge University Press, 2012.
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.