New faculty joining PPPA this fall: Ben Meiches


Meiches Portrait StyleI recently completed my doctorate from Johns Hopkins University in Political Science and International Relations. Broadly speaking, my research focuses on armed conflict, humanitarian intervention, and mass atrocities. My current work investigates the historical development of the concept of genocide as part of international law and explores how the word ‘genocide’ gets used in contemporary humanitarian politics. Beyond international relations, I am also interested in political theory, philosophy and complexity theory. I believe strongly in the importance of learning about political problems from a variety of different sources, methods and resources. In my classes, I encourage my students to experiment with ideas and to think about issues from a number of angles. During the coming year, I will be teaching Introduction to International Politics, Theories of Violence, Human Rights and the Use of Force among other courses.  I am very excited to join the UW-T community.