Tabitha M. Benney portrait
  • Assistant Professor, Political Science Department
  • Affiliated Faculty, University of Utah, Center for Global Change and Sustainability
  • Affiliated Faculty, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, University of Utah
  • Affiliated Researcher, The Griffith Criminology Institute and Global Risk Governance Program, University of Cape Town

Research Summary

My research interests include International Relations, International and Comparative Political Economy, Energy and Environmental Politics, Global Governance, and Research Methods.


  • PhD, Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara. Project: Dissertation: The International Political Economy of Carbon Markets in Emerging Economies
  • MA, International Affairs, Georgetown University. Project: The Evolution of the Nation-State
  • BSFS, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University


Tabitha Benney, PhD:  Dr. Benney is an Assistant Professor in the University of Utah’s Department of Political Science and affiliated faculty in the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program and the Center on Global Change and Sustainability.  She is also a Research Fellow for the Earth Research Governance Network and Co-Chair of the Scholars Strategy Network's Utah Chapter. In addition, from 2002-2007, she worked in the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS).

Dr. Benney teaches in the fields of International Relations, International and Comparative Political Economy, Energy and Environmental Politics and Research Methods.  Her work has been published in The Review of International Political Economy, The Routledge Handbook on Ethics, The World Financial Review and Wiley’s Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change.  Her book entitled, Making Environmental Markets Work:  The Varieties of Capitalism in Emerging Economies (Routledge Press) was published in December 2014 and was released in paperback in January 2017.  In addition, Dr. Benney he has received numerous awards, fellowships and grants including, the Interdisciplinary Research Pilot Program (IRPP) Grant, the Louis G. Lancaster’s International Relations Award, the University of Utah Teaching Fellowship and, most recently, an International Studies Association (ISA) Catalytic Research Workshop Grant.