Benjamin Luongo


Office: SOC 382

Office Hours: By appointment


While working on my degree at the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies, I have taught several courses, including International Relations, International Human Rights, Political Psychology, and International Wealth and Power.  I have also instructed at USF’s Honor’s College where I teach a class called Acquisition of Knowledge.  Prior to teaching at USF, I was an instructor at St. Petersburg College and Hillsborough Community College where I taught classes on American Government and Introduction to Political Science.

I have published a peer-reviewed article in the European Journal of Economic & Political Studies and contributed a chapter to the Handbook of Critical International Relations (forthcoming 2020). In addition to my scholarly work, I have published analysis and commentary in other venues such as the Foreign Policy in Focus, Foreign Policy Journal, International Policy Digest, New Politics, and the Hampton Institute. My dissertation focuses on the role of emotion in world politics and international human rights.  Issues of political oppression, military conflict, economic disparity, environmental degradation, etc. are all emotionally charged political phenomena. The IR discipline, I argue, has historically ignored the role of emotion in world politics and how it shapes the behaviors of political actors.  My aim is to highlight how international relations are largely mediated by the emotional processes underpinning them, and in doing so, provide a critical response to the discipline’s epistemological and methodological orthodoxy, which has ignored the important role of emotion in world politics.