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Tabitha Benney, PhD

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About Me


I am currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Utah. I am also affiliated faculty in the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program, Center on Global Change and Sustainability, Public Policy Program, Asian Studies, Latin American Studies, International Studies, and the Center for Genomic Medicine at the University of Utah. I am also a Research Fellow for the Earth Research Governance Network, and an Affiliated Researcher with the Evolving Securities Initiative (ESI) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. I received my PhD in Political Science, in the subfields of International Relations/ International Political Economy, Environmental Governance, and Research Methods from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in June 2013. Prior to attending UCSB, I received my BSFS (2001) and MA in International Affairs (2007) from Georgetown University. I also worked for the US National Academy of Sciences as a Junior Program Officer from 2001-2007.

I currently teach in the fields of International Relations, Energy and Environmental Politics, and Research Methods. My work has been published in The Review of International Political Economy, Science of the Total Environment, Energy Policy, Environmental Research, Atmosphere, The Routledge Handbook on Ethics, The World Financial Review, Vehicles, and Wiley’s Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change – among others. My books include, Making Environmental Markets Work: The Varieties of Capitalism in Emerging Economies (Routledge Press, 2015) and Agency in Earth System Governance - coedited with Michele. Betsill and Andrea Gerlak (Cambridge, 2020). In addition, I have received numerous awards, fellowships, and grants including, the International Studies Association (ISA) Catalytic Research Workshop Grant, the Interdisciplinary Research Pilot Program (IRPP) Grant, the Louis G. Lancaster’s International Relations Award, the Betty Glad Research Grant, the Distinguished Teaching Award (University of Utah), and, most recently, the Emerging COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 Health Science Research Grant.