Benjamin Lessig is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. He received his BA in Economics and Philosophy from Kenyon and his MA in Economics, MA in Political Science, and PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
He studies criminal conflict, especially those involving drug trafficking in South and Central America. He has also studied the effect of prison gangs on state authority and the effect of paramilitary groups’ territorial gains on elections.
“When Business Gets Bloody: State Policy and Drug Violence” in Small Arms Survey 2012: Moving Targets. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012. ”
“The Logic of Violence in Drug Wars: Cartel-State Conflict in Mexico, Brazil and Colombia.” CISAC Working Paper #145, Stanford University, 2013.
“A Hole At the Center of the State: Prison Gangs and the Limits to Punitive Power.” CDDRL Working Paper #149, Stanford University, 2013.