Ben Harris

MA Student (2019 Cohort)



Ben Kinney Harris is a joint-degree graduate student pursuing an MPA with the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, with a focus on International Relations. Within the Jackson School of International Studies, Ben is interested in studying political corruption, nationalism, and government transparency in the modern Balkans. In particular, Ben is interested in the feedback loop wherein sociopolitical apathy permits political corruption to continue – in turn leading to increased sociopolitical apathy. His primary foundational field at JSIS is Politics, with a secondary focus on History. Although a native Seattleite, Ben has lived and worked in Serbia, Turkey, and Bosnia as a freelance journalist. He attended Middlebury College in Vermont, where he received a B.A. in Political Science with a focus on Political Theory and a B.A. in History with a focus on the Ottoman Empire.