My name is Benjamin Studebaker.

I am an American doing a PhD in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. My research focuses on economic inequality and democratic theory. I got my BA in Politics from the University of Warwick in 2013 and my MA from the University of Chicago in 2014. My interests are wide-ranging and a bit interdisciplinary. Political theory is closest to my heart, but I also read and write about political economy, moral philosophy, international relations theory, and anything else remotely related to the way social and political systems operate or ought to operate. Eventually, I hope to be a professor, write books, and, if I’m lucky, maybe make the world a better place. The purpose of this blog is to provide an outlet for my writing on topics of political interest and to build an audience for the future.

I started this in August 2012–here are a few of the cool things that have happened since then:

  • I have been Freshly Pressed by WordPress multiple times.
  • My blog is one of WordPress’ recommended blogs.
  • I have been published on The Huffington Post multiple times.
  • I wrote a piece for Current Affairs.
  • My most popular post has been viewed nearly 1 million times.

This blog covers several topics including but not limited to the following:

I. Politics

Posts in this category discuss broad political principles, the theories underlying states, moral philosophy as it relates to states and public policy, how states can help improve the human condition, and the application of broad concepts to current issues and matters of contemporary concern.

II. Economics

Posts in this category discuss broad economic principles, the theories underlying the economy, how the state can best manage or guide the economy, what sort of policies are best for the economies of various states, how political and economic systems interact, and so on.

III. International Relations

Posts in this category discuss how states relate to each other and to the wider world, what policies are in the interests of various states, what policies would promote good outcomes for people in general, and moral philosophy as it applies to the international sphere.

For professional inquiries, please e-mail me at bmstudebaker@gmail.com

Please don’t bombard me with requests to run ads or link to outside content unless you’re willing to offer me an obscene amount of money. Please do send me nice messages about posts you’ve enjoyed or offers to write for cool publications, give cool presentations, or do interviews with cool people. I’m often interested in reading, writing, and talking about politics–I am not interested in promoting other people’s content on my blog.