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Ben Falcón

Ph.D. Student at The Ohio State University

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Howdy! I'm a second-year political science Ph.D. student at The Ohio State University specializing in international relations, comparative politics, and political methodology. My current research interests span the intersections between security studies, political ecology, and environmental history, particularly concerning questions related to environmental governance, state-building, and critical security.


My research agenda broadly centers on the intersection between historical ecology and green international relations, exploring such topics as nature-society relations, international orders, and the formation and development of the sovereign nation-state. To understand and study world politics through an ecological lens, my projects begin with broad questions: Where is the environment? How is it understood and treated? What historical processes led to such modern systems of governance and organization? Consequently, I investigate how sovereign states emerged and explore the long-term effects of this state formation process on contemporary issues related to environmental governance, conflict, and human security, mainly focusing on Europe, China, and South Asia. 

International Relations

  • IR Theory

  • International Order

  • Historical IR

  • Global Governance

  • Critical Security Studies

Comparative Politics

  • State-Building

  • Environmental Governance 

  • Bureaucracies

  • Authoritarian Politics

  • Political Ecology of Development



Trinity University — San Antonio, TX 

HIST 3352, Modern History of Syria (3-credit)

Dr. David Lesch, Teaching Assistant, Fall 2021

  • Prepared and led class discussions for the advanced undergraduate course; provided feedback on essays and response papers; held regular office hours.

FYE 1600, A Successful Life (3-credit)

Dr. Amy F. Holmes, Teaching Assistant, Fall 2019

  • Prepared and led weekly class discussions for the first-year undergraduate seminar; graded response papers and presentations; held regular office hours.

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