Benjamin Acosta




resistance studies, comparative politics, international security, political methodology



Research Areas


resistance organizations and political violence, rebellion, anarchy and revolution, democratization, informal institutions and political outcomes, Middle East politics





Assistant Professor, Lauder School of Government, IDC Herzliya


Senior Researcher, International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT)


Book Review Editor, Journal of the Middle East and Africa



Past Appointments


Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Louisiana State University


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





Ph.D., Political Science, Claremont Graduate University

Levantine Arabic, 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 Publications


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


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


Benjamin Acosta, "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