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About Benjamin Meiches

My research and teaching focus on global politics. I am particularly interested in armed conflict, genocide, and the development of international law. I teach classes about political violence, human rights, and international theory.  My research focuses on armed conflict, genocide, and international law. I am particularly interested in how the categories, concepts and practices of contemporary violence evolved and developed over time. I am also invested in debates about contemporary political theory. I am currently working on a history of the emergence of international law and political discourse surrounding genocide.


Present Assistant Professor, University of Washington Tacoma School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Dean’s Teaching Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University
  • Charles Lathrop Pack Fellowship, Department of Political Science, Johns Hopkins University
  • Excellence in Teaching Award nominee, Johns Hopkins University
  • The Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Jewish Studies Program Top Off Award, Johns Hopkins University
  • JHU Political Science Department Fellowship


  • TPOL S 451 Human Rights and the Use of Force
  • TPOL S 420 Theories of Political Violence
  • TPOL S 203 Introduction to International Relations


2015 Ph.D, Johns Hopkins University ‐ Department of Political Science
2007 B.A., Whitman College ‐ Politics

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