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Benjamin Banta

Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
College of Liberal Arts

585-475-4488
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Benjamin Banta

Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
College of Liberal Arts

Education

BA, Purdue University; MA, Ph.D., University of Delaware

585-475-4488

Areas of Expertise

Currently Teaching

POLS-295
3 Credits
Innovations in digital communication technologies have the potential to affect many aspects of politics and government. Beyond specific elements such as elections and delivery of government services, these developments have the potential to expand and redefine the nature of political participation and civic engagement, and to alter the structure of political power. This course examines the potential and promise of digital democracy, and attempts to separate hype from reality.
POLS-370
3 Credits
This course examines how advances in computer science, robotics, biotechnology and other emerging technologies are being applied to organized violence. Emphasized are the ways that lethal uses of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), warbots with artificial intelligence, cyber-attacks, and other emerging technologies are changing or will change the character of war and the societies that enact it. Special attention is given to the ethical and legal dilemmas these technologies present to citizens, states, and the international community, assessing both the harm and the good that they make possible.
POLS-120
3 Credits
The purpose of this course is to provide a basic knowledge of the field of international relations. Among the topics to be addressed are key theoretical concepts, themes and controversies in the field such as: important state and non-state actors in international politics, security, economic relations between states, levels of analysis, and schools of thought.
POLS-440
3 Credits
Explores the enduring reality of war through an analysis of regional and global conflicts since the establishment of the modern international system. Key concepts include deterrence, appeasement, offensive-defensive military strategies, and international balances of power. These will be applied to several historical cases to explain why wars occur and how they might be avoided.
POLS-445
3 Credits
This course examines the causes, methods, and responses of non-state groups attempting to establish new political orders. The combined use of violence with the tactic of terror distinguishes these groups from others seeking political change. Special attention will be given to national and international efforts attempting to resolve such conflicts.
POLS-320
3 Credits
A study of the formulation and execution of American foreign policy, including the examination of the instruments, procedures, and philosophies shaping the development of foreign policy.

Select Scholarship

Journal Paper
Banta, Benjamin R. "The New War Thesis and Clausewitz: A Reconciliation." Global Policy 10. 4 (2019): 477-485. Print.
Banta, Benjamin R. "“The Sort of War They Deserve”? The Ethics of Emerging Air Power and the Debate over Warbots." Journal of Military Ethics 17. 2-3 (2018): 156-171. Print.
Banta, Benjamin R. "Leveraging the Idea of ‘Humanitarian War’." International Relations 31. 4 (2017): 426-446. Print.