Benjamin Smith, Associate Professor (Ph.D. U. Washington 2002), teaches undergraduate courses in comparative and Asian politics, ethnicity and nationalism, post-conflict peace building and the politics of modernity, and graduate courses on ethnicity and nationalism and research design. His first book, Hard Times in the Land of Plenty: Oil Politics in Iran and Indonesia, was published in 2007 Cornell University Press. Smith's research has been published in World Politics, the American Journal of Political Science, Studies in Comparative International Development, the Journal of International Affairs, and other journals and edited volumes. From 2002 to 2004, he was an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies.
His research focuses on separatist conflicts, regime change and democratization, and on the politics of resource wealth. Smith is currently working on a book exploring the long-term factors that shape the success of separatist movements, as well as several article-length projects on redistribution and democratic breakdown (with Dan Slater) and on the politics of oil wealth in Southeast Asia and elsewhere.