Benjamin Acosta




international relations, comparative politics, methodology



Current Research Areas


resistance organizations and political violence, Mediterranean politics, democratization and economic development, informal institutions and political outcomes, weather and conflict, anarchy and the international system



Current Positions


Director, Data Half Life


Review Editor, Journal of the Middle East and Africa



Past Positions


Assistant Professor, Lauder School of Government, IDC Herzliya


Senior Researcher, International Institute for Counter Terrorism


Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Louisiana State University


Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Political Science, The Ohio State University


Lecturer, Department of Political Science, California State University, San Bernardino





Ph.D., Political Science, Claremont

Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies, American University of Beirut

M.A., National Security Studies, California State University

Levantine Arabic, Lebanese American University

M.A., Middle East Studies, Ben-Gurion University

B.A., International Relations, California State University



Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications


Benjamin Acosta and Melissa Rogers, “When Militants Lose Militarily but Win Politically,” Cooperation and Conflict (Forthcoming)


Benjamin Acosta, “Exclusionary Politics and Organized Resistance,” Terrorism and Political Violence (Forthcoming)


Benjamin Acosta, "Reconceptualizing Resistance Organizations and Outcomes: Introducing the Revolutionary and Militant Organizations dataset (REVMOD)," Journal of Peace Research 56, 5 (2019)


Benjamin Acosta and Seung-Whan Choi, “Sunni Suicide Attacks and Sectarian Violence,” Terrorism and Political Violence (2018)


Benjamin Acosta and Kristen Ramos, “Introducing the 1993 Terrorism and Political Violence Dataset,” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 40, 3 (2017)


Benjamin Acosta. (2016) "Dying for Survival: Why Militant Organizations Continue to Conduct Suicide Attacks." Journal of Peace Research 53, 2


Benjamin Acosta. (2014) "From Bombs to Ballots: When Militant Organizations Transition to Political Parties," Journal of Politics 76, 3 (2014)


Benjamin Acosta, "Live to Win Another Day: Why Many Militant Organizations Survive Yet Few Succeed," Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 37, 2 (2014)


Benjamin Acosta, "The Dynamics of Israel's Democratic Tribalism," Middle East Journal 68, 2 (2014)


Benjamin Acosta and Steven J. Childs. "Illuminating the Global Suicide-Attack Network," Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 36, 1 (2013)


Benjamin Acosta, “The Suicide Bomber as Sunni-Shi’i Hybrid,” Middle East Quarterly 17, 3  (2010)



Field Research Areas


Lebanon, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza