Benjamin A. Valentino

Associate Professor of Government
Coordinator, War and Peace Studies Program, Dickey Center for International Understanding

BENJAMIN VALENTINO is an Associate Professor of Government at Dartmouth College. His research interests include the causes and consequences of violent conflict and American foreign and security policies. At Dartmouth he teaches courses on international relations, international security, American foreign policy, the causes and prevention of genocide and serves as co-director the Government Department Honors Program. He is also the faculty coordinator for the War and Peace Studies Program at Dartmouth's Dickey Center for International Understanding. Professor Valentino's book, Final Solutions: Mass Killing and Genocide in the 20th Century, received the Edgar S. Furniss Book Award for making an exceptional contribution to the study of national and international security. His work has appeared in outlets such as The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, The American Political Science Review, Security Studies, International Organization, Public Opinion Quarterly, World Politics and The Journal of Politics. He is currently working on several research projects focusing on public opinion on the use of force, civilian and military casualties in interstate wars and developing early warning models of large-scale violence against civilians.

Curriculum Vitae Personal Website
Department:
Government
Center:
The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding
Education:
B.A. Stanford University
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Selected Publications

Final Solutions: Mass Killing and Genocide in the Twentieth Century (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2004).

“Why We Kill: The Political Science of Political Violence against Civilians,” Annual Review of Political Science, (Spring 2014)

“Atomic Aversion: Experimental Evidence on Taboos, Traditions, and the Non-Use of Nuclear Weapons.” With Scott Sagan and Daryl Press. American Political Science Review, vol. 107, no. 1 (Winter 2013).

“The True Costs of Humanitarian Intervention: The Hard Truth Behind a Noble Notion.” Foreign Affairs, vol. 90, no. 6 (November/December 2011), pp. 60-73.

Selected Works and Activities

DARTMOUTH COURSES

  • Government 5: International Relations

  • Government 50: War and Peace in the Modern Age

  • Government 53: International Security

  • Government 85.16: The Causes and Prevention of Mass Killing and Genocide

  • Government 98-99: Senior Honors Thesis Seminar