Michelle A. Benson


Michelle A. Benson.

Michelle A. Benson


Michelle A. Benson


Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies

Scholarly Interests

International relations; conflict processes; international organizations; international trade and cooperation; social movements; ethnic conflict; econometrics

Contact Information

513 Park Hall

Buffalo NY, 14260

Phone: (716) 645-8448



Michelle A. Benson is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University at Buffalo. Her recent work focuses on the effects of the United Nations on civil war (including sexual violence and conflict outcomes).  Her earlier work focused 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, Journal of Politics, 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


  • PhD, Political Science, Claremont Graduate University
  • MA, International Political Economy, Claremot Graduate University
  • Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies, International Security, the Université Pierre Mendès-France
  • BA, University of California at Davis

Current Research

The International status quo and conflict; trade and conflict; IGOs and conflict; determinants of ethnic conflict

Courses Taught

  • 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

Selected Publications