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Benjamin Banta

Associate Professor

Department of Political Science
College of Liberal Arts

585-475-4488
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Benjamin Banta

Associate 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

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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.

Currently Teaching

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-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-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-360
3 Credits
The course provides a general overview of international themes, ethical principles, and issues that are taken into consideration in international political thought. Possible topics may include theoretical analyses of the ideas of sovereignty, nationalism, hegemony, imperialism, global civil society, political theology, balance of power, collective security, just war, perpetual peace, and human rights. Guiding themes of the course will be a reflection upon the nature of political legitimacy in the international context and the tension between political justifications based upon necessity and those based upon justice. In reading the major political thinkers students will be encouraged to reflect upon the challenge of reconciling ethical obligations to one’s own community with those of humanity in general.