College of Public and International Affairs (CPIA) Associate Professor, Dr. Dave Benjamin, has been named the President Designate of the New England Political Science Association (NEPSA), the oldest regional political science organization in the Northeast. He will be recognized for this landmark accomplishment at the CPIA Honors Convocation, May 5, in Mertens Theater.
“This is a milestone for both Dr. Benjamin and for the study of political science at UB,” said CPIA Dean Thomas Ward. A decade-long member of NEPSA, Dr. Benjamin has served as the association’s International Relations Section Chair and a member of its Executive Board. As President in 2019-2020, he will join a distinguished list of colleagues who served as NEPSA presidents, including those from Yale University, Wesleyan University, Brown University, Trinity College, Wellesley College, and Bowdoin College, among others.
“On his path of accomplishments, Dr. Benjamin has been an outstanding mentor, bringing his students along with him in the process,” said Dean Ward, referring to the many Global Development and Peace M.A. students who have had their papers accepted for presentation at NEPSA conferences. Participating in these annual conferences have enabled UB students to develop scholarship, gain valuable conference experience, obtain peer-review feedback from discussants, and establish a research agenda. “CPIA student participation in NEPSA began paying dividends a couple years ago when comments were received from colleagues at other institutions regarding the caliber and originality of some of our students,” said Dr. Benjamin.
Dr. Benjamin has pioneered new research related to socioeconomic progress in the developing world. He has published work on international human rights, the responsibility to protect and prosecute, and sovereignty in the context of the United Nations Charter.
“He spends long hours, both inside and outside class, caring for and supporting his students,” said Dean Ward. “He challenges them, encouraging them to conduct quality research. His example is valuable for all of us who teach at UB and resonates with NEPSA’s own high academic and research standards.”
Dr. Benjamin is also Pi Sigma Alpha Chapter Advisor. The UB chapter won its 11th consecutive coveted Chapter Activity Grant this year. The grant proposal was designed and written entirely by student members. Pi Sigma Alpha is the nation’s sole honor society for students of political science.
About Dr. Dave Benjamin
Dr. Benjamin is Chair of the M.A. in Global Development and Peace and teaches in the B.A. in International Political Economy and Diplomacy. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom where he earned his M.Phil. and his PhD in International Relations, of the University of the West Indies (Dip. International Relations), and Carleton University (BA Hons. International History).
In addition to NEPSA, his professional affiliations include Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), American Political Science Association (APSA), and International Studies Association (ISA). As part of Dr. Benjamin’s long-standing commitment of service to the discipline, he has served these professional bodies in a number of capacities:
- International Relations Section Chair for NEPSA Annual Conferences
- Human Rights Section Secretary (ISA 2010-2014)
- Human Rights Section Co-Program Chair (2014-2016)
- Member of the ISA ILAW Section Book Award Committee (2016-17)
- Member of the ISA Northeast Chapter Book Award Committee (2014-15)
- Chair of the ISA ILAW Best Papers (graduate student and non-graduate student) Awards Committee (2016-17)
About the New England Political Science Association
Founded in 1949, NEPSA sets in motion an exchange of information among people focused on political science, supports political research, improves the teaching of political science, and advances the practices and art of politics and governance.
NEPSA is a volunteer organization operating without staff support or significant financial resources. Political scientists volunteer their time to serve on its Council, organize its annual meeting, and perform related activities.