Benjamin Acosta

Benjamin Acosta

Ph.D. in Political Science
AREA OF RESEARCH: Political Violence, Revolution, Democratization, Middle East Politics

What draws you to this area of research?

My research interests stem from many inspirations.

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Areas for collaboration (research studies, publishing, conference presentations, etc.)


Would you say your research is Transdisciplinary?


Persistent issues of collective identity and other informal institutions increasingly demand scholars of politics to look across disciplines to answer pressing questions. As such, I work on issues that require multi-level analyses, which necessitates the use of various methodological approaches.

Publications / Presentations

“From Bombs to Ballots: When Militant Organizations Transition to Political Parties,” The Journal of Politics (forthcoming 2014)


“Live to Win Another Day: Why Many Militant Organizations Survive Yet Few Succeed,” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism vol. 37, issue 2 (forthcoming 2014)


“The Dynamics of Israel’s Democratic Tribalism,” The Middle East Journal (accepted 2012; forthcoming 2014)


“Illuminating the Global Suicide-Attack Network,” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism vol. 36, issue 1 (2013), coauthored with Steven J. Childs 


“The Suicide Bomber as Sunni-Shi’i Hybrid,” Middle East Quarterly vol. 17, no. 3 (2010)


  “Palestinian Precedents: The Origins of Al-Qaeda’s Use of Suicide Terrorism and Istishhad,” in Political Islam from Muhammad to Ahmadinejad: Defenders, Detractors, and Definitions, ed. Joseph M. Skelly (Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Security International, 2010)

Future goals as a scholar

Conduct interesting and policy relevant research

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