Dr. Benjamin D. King

Dr. Benjamin D. King
Head of MA Program


I joined IDIS in 2016 after completing my Economic and Social Research Council (UK) funded doctoral research at the University of Warwick. My PhD thesis sought to clarify and evaluate G.A. Cohen’s socialist egalitarianism, drawing on his critical engagement with Ronald Dworkin and John Rawls on the requirements of egalitarian justice, as well as his conception of socialism as luck egalitarianism constrained by a community principle. My research interests are in the areas of socialist and liberal egalitarian political philosophy and the ethics of war.


PhD in Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, UK

MA in Philosophy, University of Kent, UK

BA in Politics and International Relations, University of Kent, UK



King, B. D. (2020). Would Armed Humanitarian Intervention Have Been Justified to Protect the Rohingyas? Journal of Military Ethics, 19(4), 269-284. doi: 10.1080/15027570.2020.1866121

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King, B. D. (2018). Beyond Sufficiency: G. A. Cohen’s Community Constraint on Luck Egalitarianism. Kritike, 12(1), 215-232. doi: 10.25138/12.1.a11


PEG 201 Academic Skills in Political Science and Economics

POL 102 Introduction to Political Philosophy

ECO 391 Development of Political Economic Thought

IRD 339 US Government and Politics

IRD 359 International Security

IRD 240 Democratic Theory

IRD 404 International Ethics and Global Justice