Benjamin Denison

U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security Fellow

Benjamin Denison received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame in August 2018. His research focuses broadly on the causes and consequences of the armed imposition of political institutions, including the determinants of military occupation strategies and the long-term strategic effects of regime change operations. He is currently working on a book manuscript that examines how local institutions determine a major power's choice of foreign rule strategy following armed intervention into a foreign territory. Through assembling an original dataset of foreign rule operations and examining a set of paired case studies of American foreign rule operations under Woodrow Wilson, he illustrates how the strength of local institutions abroad, and the inherent uncertainty that surrounds them, is a crucially important feature for understanding strategy formation during the postwar period. In addition to his academic research, his commentary has appeared in the Washington PostThe National InterestWar on the Rocks, and other outlets. Prior to moving to Dartmouth, Benjamin was previously a predoctoral fellow with the Notre Dame International Security Center, a Dissertation Year Fellow with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and a research assistant with the Varieties of Democracy project.

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B.A. Clemson University
M.I.A. Texas A&M University
Ph.D. University of Notre Dame
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