I’m Benjamin Studebaker.

I am an American with a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Cambridge. I’m a political theorist. I teach and publish in both contemporary political theory and the history of political thought. I’m also interested in political economy, ethics, and international relations. My published academic work tends to focus on legitimacy. I got my BA in Politics from the University of Warwick in 2013 and my MA from the University of Chicago in 2014.

I started this blog in August 2012 as an outlet for my thoughts, hoping to build an audience for the future. That future is in the process of arriving. I’ve been doing this since I was 20 years old, and my views have changed over time – please do not assume I agree with everything I’ve written or said since 2012. At every stage, I have tried to help my readers think about how best to help poor and working people. But this is really difficult. Many strategies and tactics that look helpful turn out to be mistakes. So, you’ll see me change positions now and then, even as my motivation remains largely the same.

In addition to the posts you’ll find here, my work appears other places. I use the blog to alert followers whenever I publish new written work, here or elsewhere. You can follow by email, through Twitter, or through Facebook. The email option is at the bottom of the page. Here’s a list of my off-site publications with links where available.



PhD Thesis

Other Academic Work

  • Research Assistant for How Democracy Ends by David Runciman, 2018



For professional inquiries or help with accessing articles that aren’t readily available, please e-mail me at: bmstudebaker@gmail.com

Please don’t bombard me with requests to run ads or link to outside content. Please do send me nice messages about posts you’ve enjoyed or offers to write for cool publications, give cool presentations, and go on interesting podcasts. I like to read, write, and talk about politics – I am not interested in promoting other people’s content on my blog and I will not pay you to promote my content.

I will often do in-person public speaking engagements if you cover travel expenses.

I am interested in working as a full-time academic political theorist.

I will consider other job offers that involve meaningful political work that contributes to the welfare of poor and working people.

Teaching Prizes

  • University-Wide Student-Led Teaching Awards, Best Undergraduate Supervisor, 2020 (Nominated)
  • Queens’ College Prize for Outstanding Contribution to College Education, 2018 (Won)
  • Politics Department Supervisor Award, 2017 (Nominated)

Cambridge Teaching Details

Teaching Associate, Gonville and Caius College, 2019-2020

PhD Supervisor, 2016-2020, for Queens’, Gonville and Caius, Newnham, Girton, Selwyn, Homerton, et plus


  • The Modern State and Its Alternatives (POL 1)
  • International Conflict, Order, and Justice (POL 2)
  • The History of Political Thought to c. 1700 (POL 7)
  • The History of Political Thought, c. 1700 to c. 1890 (POL 8/POL 10)
  • Political Philosophy and the History of Political Thought from c. 1890 (POL 11)
  • Undergraduate Dissertation (POL)
  • Political Philosophy (PHIL 10)
  • Evidence and Argument (History and Politics)
  • Interviewed Prospective Students for Newnham