Michelle Benson

Michelle Benson

Associate Professor of Political Science

University at Buffalo, SUNY


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.


  • The International status quo and conflict
  • IGOs and conflict
  • Trade and conflict
  • Determinants of ethnic conflict
  • United Nations peacekeeping
  • Domestic conflict
  • Conflict processes


  • PhD in Political Science, 1999

    Claremont Graduate University

  • MA in Politial Science, 1994

    Claremont Graduate University

  • Diplôme d'études approfondies, 1993

    Université Pierre Mendès France

  • BA in Political Science, 1992

    University of California, Davis



Associate Professor

University at Buffalo, SUNY

Jul 2009 – Present Buffalo, NY

Assistant Professor

University at Buffalo, SUNY

Jul 2001 – Jun 2009 Buffalo, NY

Visiting Assistant Professor

University at Buffalo, SUNY

Aug 1999 – Jun 2009 Buffalo, NY

Recent Publications

The importance of UN Security Council resolutions in peacekeeping operations

A Gendered Imperative: Does Sexual Violence Attract UN Attention in Civil Wars?


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