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Benjamin joined UCL as a Research Associate in September 2016. He has previously worked as Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Canterbury Christ Church University, Lecturer in International Relations at Wadham College, Oxford, and Associate Lecturer at Portsmouth Business School. Benjamin received his DPhil from the University of Oxford in 2015 for his thesis on the party politics of grand strategy during the Cold War. He also holds an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford and an MSc in International Relations Research from the London School of Economics, both with Distinction. He was awarded the University of Oxford's Deirdre and Malone Thesis Prize for his MPhil dissertation on Anglo-American relations, as well as the ISA's Alexander George Award for his paper on seat-share and executive autonomy in majoritarian parliamentary systems.
Benjamin's research lies at the nexus of International Relations, Comparative Politics and Foreign Policy Analysis. It examines how diverse ideological traditions imagine 'the international' and how these different worldviews are channelled through domestic political institutions. He focuses in particular on the politics of West European security after 1945. He is currently researching the effects of national party systems and domestic institutions on the development of liberal international order, the relationship between political ideology and mainstream International Relations theory and the applicability of the 'horseshoe model' of partisanship in foreign policy issues.