History Department
History Department

Benjamin V. Allison

MA, History, Kent State University



International History, Diplomatic History, National Security, United States, Middle East, Soviet Union/Russia, Terrorism, Insurgency, Policing


Benjamin V. Allison is a PhD student in history and a Graduate Fellow at the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in the history of US foreign and national security policy, especially toward the Middle East and Russia. A graduate of Kent State University (MA, 2020) and Grove City College (BA, 2018), Ben’s MA thesis examined American relations with a group of rejectionist Arabs, known as the Steadfastness and Confrontation Front, during and after the Camp David peace process. Among other things, he argues that the peace process and the coming of the Second Cold War were intimately connected. Ben hopes to continue this project for his dissertation, using Russian- and Arabic-language sources to paint a fuller picture of the transnational and international dimensions of this critical juncture in modern history.

In addition to his historical work, Ben has also dabbled in political science methods. He is currently drafting an invited policy paper on protecting American bridges, tunnels, and dams from terrorist attacks for Harvard’s Belfer Center, and is the lead author (with Samuel S. Stanton, Jr.) of Die in Your Rage: The Logic of Violence in Jihadist Insurgency (forthcoming). Ben is also working on several other political science and history articles, ranging from proxy wars, to the ethics of coding terrorism data, to the 1961 Freedom Rides, to Anwar al-Sadat. As for his public-facing work, he has bylines at InkstickRealClearHistory, and the Institute for Faith & Freedom at Grove City College. You can follow him on Twitter @BenVAllison, or visit his webpage at benjaminvallison.com.

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