Tabitha M. Benney portrait
  • Associate Professor, Political Science Department
  • Affiliated Faculty, University of Utah, Center for Global Change and Sustainability
  • Affiliated Faculty, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, University of Utah
  • Research Fellow, Earth System Governance (ESG) Network
  • Affiliated Researcher, The Griffith Criminology Institute and Global Risk Governance Program, University of Cape Town
  • Assistant Professor, Political Science Department

Research Summary

My research interests include International Relations, International and Comparative Political Economy, Energy and Environmental Politics, Global Governance, Public Policy, 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 M. Benney, PhD:  Dr. Benney is an Associate 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 an Affiliated Researcher with the Evolving Securities Initiative (ESI) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.  In addition, from 2002-2007, she worked in the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the U.S. 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 research focuses on mapping interactions within complex coupled systems and 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 – among others.  Her books include, Making Environmental Markets Work: The Varieties of Capitalism in Emerging Economies (Routledge Press, 2015) and Agency in Earth System Governance - coedited with Michele. Betsill and Andrea Gerlak (Cambridge, 2020). In addition, Dr. Benney has received numerous awards, fellowships, and grants including, the Interdisciplinary Research Pilot Program (IRPP) Grant, the Louis G. Lancaster’s International Relations Award, the Betty Glad Research Grant, the University of Utah Teaching Fellowship and, most recently, the International Studies Association (ISA) Catalytic Research Workshop Grant.