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
  • Affiliated Faculty, Center for Genomic Medicine
  • Affiliated Faculty, Latin American Studies Program
  • Affiliated Faculty, Asian Studies Program
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Professional Service

  • American Political Science Association. Role: Panel Chair. “Social Responsibility and International Economic Policy,” Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA (September 2021). 2021 - 2021
  • Entity: Energy Policy Reviewer. 2021 - 2021
  • International Studies Association. Role: Chair. “The Environment, Climate Change and the Dynamics of Peace and Conflict,” International Studies Association, Las Vegas NV. 2021 - 2021
  • International Studies Association. Role: Discussant. “Government Responses to Climate Change,” International Studies Association, Las Vegas, NV. 2021 - 2021
  • Entity: International Journal of Public Administration Reviewer. 2021 - 2021
  • Role: Gsr Expert Contributor. Entity: REN21 Secretariat of the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21). 2021 - 2021
  • Entity: Atmosphere Topic Board Editor. 2020 - 2023
  • Role: Reviewer. Entity: Sustainability Reviewer. 2020 - 2020
  • Role: Gsr 2020 Expert Contributor. Entity: REN21 Secretariat of the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21). 2020 - 2020
  • Entity: International Journal of Comparative Sociology Reviewer. 2019 - 2019
  • Role: Member. Entity: G-20 Commission Advisory Committee, G-20 Commission. Task Force 2: Climate Change and Environment, Saudi Arabia Ministry (2019-2020). 2019 - 2020
  • Role: Advisory Committee. Entity: G-20 Commission Task Force 2: Climate Change and Environment, G-20 Commission Saudi Arabia Ministry. 2019 - 2020
  • Role: Panel Chair. Entity: Earth System Governance Network Panel, “Theoretical and Methodological Foundation of Science, Knowledge and Uncertainty,” Earth System Governance Annual Conference, Utrecht, Netherlands. 2018 - 2018
  • Role: Discussant. Entity: Earth System Governance Network Discussant on panel, "What is Agency." ESG Annual conference, Utrecht, Netherlands. 2018 - 2018
  • Role: Discussant. Entity: Earth System Governance Network Panel, “Transnational Governance & the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Exploring New Frontiers,” Earth System Governance Annual Conference, Utrecht, Netherlands. 2018 - 2018
  • Role: Area Expert And Survey Respondent. Entity: REN21 GSR 2019 Expert Contributor for the Secretariat of the Renewable energy Policy Network for the the 21st Century. 2018 - 2019
  • Role: Committee Member. Entity: International Studies Association (ISA) Harold & Margaret Sprout Award Committee, Environmental Studies Section (ESS). 2018 - 2018
  • Role: Committee Member. Entity: Environmental Studies Section (ESS) of the International Studies Association (ISA) Harold & Margaret Sprout Award Committee. 2017 - 2019
  • International Studies Association. Role: Panel Chair. Sovereigns and Finance. 2017 - 2017
  • International Studies Association. Role: Discussant. Land as an Object(ive) of Development: Who gets access?,. 2017 - 2017
  • Role: Chair. Entity: American Political Science Association (APSA) Dissertation Award Committee, Science, Technology, and Environmental Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. 2016 - 2017
  • Entity: Scholars Strategy Network, Utah Chapter “Unequal Voices: Inequality in Utah and Beyond,” Community Event – City Library (March 2016). 2016 - 2016
  • Entity: Energy Politics Reviewer. 2016 - present
  • Entity: Global Politics Reviewer. 2016 - present
  • Entity: Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Climate Science Reviewer. 2016 - 2016
  • Role: Research Fellow. Entity: Earth System Governance Network ESG Researcher. 2016 - present
  • Role: Board Of Editors. Entity: Cogent Social Sciences A multi-disciplinary journal at Taylor & Francis/Routledge Publishing. 2015 - 2017
  • Scholars Strategy Network (SSN). Co-Chair, Utah Chapter. 2015 - 2018
  • Role: Speaker. Entity: International Studies Association (ISA) Society for Women in International Political Economy (SWIPE) Roundtable (by invitation), ISA Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA. 2015 - 2015
  • Role: Discussant. Entity: International Studies Association (ISA) Ethics of Economic Statecraft, ISA Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA. 2015 - 2015
  • Role: Nominations Committee. Entity: International Studies Association (ISA) Environmental Studies Section of the ISA. 2015 - 2017
  • Entity: National Science Foundation (NSF) Reviewer for Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE), NSF. 2015 - 2015
  • Role: Discussant. Entity: International Studies Association (ISA) Water, Power and Money, ISA Conference, New Orleans, LA. 2015 - 2015
  • Entity: International Studies Review Reviewer. 2014 - present
  • Entity: Review of International Political Economy Journal Reviewer. 2013 - present

Internal Service

  • “Understanding the Air Quality Policy Interface,” SUST 6000 (February 2022). Guest Speaker, 2022 - 2022. service.
  • CSBS Reviewer, University of Utah Graduate and Teach Fellowships (2022). Reviewer, 2022 - 2022. service.
  • Fellowship Selection Committee, Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS), University of Utah. Member, 2022 - 2022. service.
  • Graduate Council Representative for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Utah. Member, 2021 - 2024. service.
  • “Social Impacts and Policy Panel,” COVID-19 Symposium, The Immunology, Inflammation, and Infectious Disease Initiative (3i), University of Utah. Speaker, 2021 - 2021. service.
  • “Why Did India Fared So Well at the Start of the Pandemic?” Go Learn and Continuing Education, At Home Speaker Series. Speaker, 2021 - 2021. service.
  • 4th Year Promotion and Tenure Subcommittee, Department of Political Science. Member, 2021 - 2021. service.
  • 6th Year Promotion and Tenure Subcommittee, Department of Political Science. Member, 2021 - 2021. service.
  • 7th Year Promotion and Tenure Subcommittee, Department of Political Science. Chair, 2021 - 2021. service.
  • Betty Glad Committee, Department of Political Science. Member, 2021 - 2021. service.
  • “Understanding Air Pollution,” Introduction to Environmental Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Utah. Guest Lecturer, 2021 - 2021. service.
  • “Prioritizing Equity in Climate Resilience Planning,” Hinckley Institute of Politics, University of Utah (2021). Panelist, 2021 - 2021. service.
  • International Relations Field Exam Committee. Chair, 2021 - 2021. service.
  • Economics Impacts, University of Utah Climate Resilience Report Committee. Subcommittee Member, 2020 - 2021. service.
  • International Studies Program. Faculty Advisory Committee, 2020 - 2021. service.
  • 5th Year Promotion and Tenure Subcommittee, Dept of Political Science. Chair, 2020 - 2021. service.
  • 3rd Year Promotion and Tenure Subcommittee, Dept of Political Science. Member, 2020 - 2021. service.
  • College of Behavioral and Social Science Representative, Global Change and Sustainability (GCSC) Executive Committee. Gcsc Representative, 2019 - 2021. service.
  • Betty Glad Committee. Review Committee, 2019 - 2019. service.
  • Go Learn - India. Country Team Leader, 2019 - 2020. service.
  • “Generating Inequality,” The Great Polarization: Economics, Institutions and Policies in the Age of Inequality, Department of Economics, University of Utah. Moderator, 2018 - 2018. service.
  • Panel on “European Politics and Security,” Hinckley Institute of Politics. Moderator, 2018 - 2018. service.
  • CSBS Nominations Committee, GCSC First Year Fellowship. Committee Member, 2018 - 2018. service.
  • Faculty Advisory Committee, International Studies Program. Faculty Advisor, 2018 - 2019. service.
  • International Relations Field Exam Committee. Committee Member, 2018 - 2020. service.
  • International Relations Field Committee (2013-present). Committee Member, 2018 - 2019. service.
  • Executive Committee, Department of Political Science. Committee Member, 2018 - 2019. service.
  • Political Science Research Colloquial Committee. Committee Member, 2018 - 2018. service.
  • Political Science Research Colloquia Committee. Co-Chair, 2017 - 2018. service.
  • Society, Water, and Climate (SWC) Executive Committee. Committee Member, 2017 - 2018. service.
  • Executive Committee, Department of Political Science. Member, 2016 - 2017. service.
  • Betty Glad Committee, Department of Political Science. Member, 2016 - 2016. service.
  • "Presidential Primaries Roundtable” Hinckley Institute of Politics. Discussant, 2016 - 2016. service.
  • Strategic Hiring Committee. 2016 - 2016. service.
  • Teaching Sustainability Award (Wasatch Award). 2015 - 2016. service.
  • Society, Water, and Climate (SWC) Cluster Search Committee. Committee Member, 2015 - 2017. service.
  • Learning Abroad Directors Training Certification, University of Utah (2015). 2015 - present. service.
  • Policy Solutions Challenge, “Water Policy Solutions in the United States,” Center for Public Policy and Administration, University of Utah. Judge, 2015 - 2015. service.
  • Society, Water, and Climate (SWC) Research Cluster Search Committee. Envst Director Subcommittee Member, 2014 - 2015. service.
  • Hinckley Journal of Politics. Editor, 2014 - 2016. service.
  • Executive Committee, Department of Political Science. Member, 2014 - 2015. service.
  • Program Committee, Center on Global Change and Sustainability. 2014 - 2015. service.
  • Discussant, “Reflexivity and World Politics,” University Of Utah. 2014 - 2014. service.
  • “Presentations and Job Talks” Professional Skills Development, Department of Political Science, University of Utah. Speaker, 2014 - 2014. service.
  • CSBS Dean’s Building Committee. Research Team, 2014 - 2014. service.
  • Hinckley Journal of Politics. Faculty Editor, 2014 - 2014. service.
  • Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program. Scholarship Committee, 2014 - 2016. service.
  • International Relations Comprehensive Exam Committee. Member, 2013 - present. service.
  • Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program. Executive Committee Member, 2013 - 2016. service.
  • “A Line in the Sand: Syria and US Foreign Policy,” Hinckley Institute of Politics, University of Utah. Panelist, 2013 - 2013. service.
  • "Sustainability Inquiry," University of Utah Sustainability Journal. Faculty Editorial Board, 2013 - 2014. service.
  • Political Science Research Colloquia Committee. 2013 - 2015. service.
  • International Relations Field Committee. Member, 2013 - present. service.

Honors & Awards

  • Teaching Sustainability. Wasatch Teaching Award, 2015
  • University of Utah Teaching Grant. University of Utah, 2014
  • Affiliates Dissertation Fellowship. UCSB Affiliates Foundation, 2013
  • Distinguished Teaching Award. University of Utah, 2022
  • Junior Faculty Teaching Award Nomination. University of Utah , 2019
  • Beacon of Excellence Nomination - Award is to recognize and celebrate the outstanding people, programs or projects who have helped make the University a Beacon of Excellence through their commitment to providing an exceptional student education. Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, 2018
  • Junior Faculty Teaching Award Nomination. University of Utah, 2017

Affiliations

  • Earth System Governance Network (ESG), Research Fellow, 01/01/2016 - present
  • Scholars Strategy Network (SSN), Co-Chair, Utah Chapter, 07/15/2015 - present

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