Benjamin N. Judkins, Ph.D.
- A dedication to excellence in research and education.
- Demonstrated ability to build new research areas through the development of professional networks, the establishment of academic journals and public outreach.
- A belief in the power of interdisciplinary methods to address issues critical in both the classroom and life.
- Visiting Scholar, Cornell University East Asia Program, 2016-2018
- Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of Utah, 2004-2012
- Co-editor and founder of the interdisciplinary journal “Martial Arts Studies” (Cardiff University Press)
- Editor of the academic blog “Kung Fu Tea” (chinesemartialstudies.com)
- Ph.D. in Political Science, Columbia University, New York, NY, May 2004
- Dissertation: “Economic Statecraft and Regime Type.”
- Dissertation Advisers: David Baldwin, Ph.D.; Helen V. Milner, Ph.D.
- M.Phil. in Political Science, Columbia University, New York, NY, Oct. 17, 2001
- MA. in Political Science, Columbia University, New York, NY, Feb. 9, 2000
- MA. Summa Cum Laude with High Honors in Political Science, University of Rochester, Rochester NY, May 1998
Benjamin Judkins and Jon Nielson. 2015. The Creation of Wing Chun: A Social History of the Southern Chinese Martial Arts. State University of NY Press.
Articles and Chapters
Swen Koerner, Benjamin Judkins, Mario Staller. 2018. “The Creation of Wing Chun: A German Case Study.” Martial Arts Studies(7), Forthcoming Winter Issue.
Benjamin Judkins. 2018. “Liminoid Longings and Liminal Belonging: Hyper-reality, History and the Search for Meaning in the Modern Martial Arts.” in Paul Bowman (ed.) The Martial Arts Studies Reader. London & New York: Rowman and Littlefield. 89-106.
Benjamin Judkins and Paul Bowman. 2018. “Show, don’t tell: making martial arts studies matter.” Martial Arts Studies. (5), pp.1–14. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18573/mas.46
Benjamin Judkins. 2016. “The Seven Forms of Lightsaber Combat: Hyper-reality and the Invention of the Martial Arts.” Martial Arts Studies. No. 2. 6-22.
Benjamin Judkins. 2014. “Inventing Kung Fu” JOMEC Journal. No. 5 (Summer). 26 pages.
Benjamin Judkins and Stephen Reynolds. 2010. “Migrants, Migrant Communities, Social Capital and Violence.” Migration in the 21st Century: Rights, Outcomes, and Policy. Ed. Thomas N. Maloney. Routledge.
Benjamin Judkins and Stephen Reynolds. 2009. “Social Capital and Networked Violence” in Values and Violence: Intangible Aspects of Terrorism. Eds. Ibrahim Karawan, Wayne McCormack and Steven E. Reynolds. Springer Press. pp. 137-151.
Benjamin Judkins. 2008. “New Religious Movements and Social Capital: What can the past tell us about the future of civic nationalism in Europe?” Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs. Vol. 28, No.1. pp 84-98.
Benjamin Judkins. 2005. “Bringing Religion into International Relations” Religion and Politics Newsletter. Vol. XXI, No. 2. (Spring).
Helen V. Milner and Benjamin Judkins. 2004. “Partisanship, Trade Policy and Globalization.” International Studies Quarterly. Vol. 48. pp. 95-119.
Invited Presentations and Keynotes
“Alfred Lister: Discovering the Noble Art of Self-Defence in China.” A Keynote Address Delivered at the 1stInternational St. Martin’s Conference, Fight Books in Comparative Perspective, held at the German Blade Museum, Solingen. Nov. 9th-10th, 2017.
Benjamin Judkins. “Civil Society, Mimetic Desire and China’s Republican era ‘Kung Fu Diplomacy’.” Presented at the Korean Alliance of Martial Arts International Academic Conference at Cheongju University, Nov. 3-7, 2017.
“Show, Don’t Tell: Making Martial Arts Studies Matter”A Keynote Address Delivered at the 3rdAnnual Martial Arts Studies Conference held at the University of Cardiff, July 11th-13th, 2017.
“Creating Wing Chun: Towards a Social History of the Southern Chinese Martial Arts.” A Keynote Address Delivered at the 6th annual conference of the German Society of Sport Science’s martial arts commission held at the German Sport University in Cologne, October 6th-8th, 2016.
“Liminoid Longings and Liminal Belonging: Hyper-reality, History and the Search for Meaning in the Modern Martial Arts.” A Keynote Address Delivered at the 2ndAnnual Martial Arts Studies Conference held at the University of Cardiff, July 19th-21st, 2016.
“Imagining Ip Man: Globalization and the Growth of Wing Chun Kung Fu.” A Keynote Address Delivered at the 1stAnnual Martial Arts Studies Conference held at the University of Cardiff, June 10th-12th, 2015.
Benjamin Judkins. “Kung Fu Diplomacy: The Boxer Uprising in the Public Imagination.” Presented at the BYU Scholars, Second Annual Department of Political Science Workshop Provo, Utah May 11-12, 2017.
Benjamin Judkins. “Rituals of the Red Spear Movement: Spirit Possession, Battle Magic and Community Defense in Northern China, 1916-1949.” Presented at the Rochester Academy of Science 41st Annual Session, November 15, 2014.
Benjamin Judkins. “Does Religiously Generated Social Capital Intensify or Mediate Violent Conflict? Lessons from the Boxer Uprising.” Presented at the 67th MPSA National Meetings in Chicago, IL, April 2-5, 2009.
Benjamin Judkins. “Autocratic Institutions and the Success of Economic Sanctions.” Presented at the 46th Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, March 1st – 5th, 2005, in Honolulu Hawaii.
Benjamin Judkins. “Whose Honey is Sweeter: Democracy’s Influence on the Outcomes of Positive and Negative Sanctions.” Presented at the American Political Science Association Meetings in Philadelphia PA, August 2003.
Benjamin Judkins. “Economic Statecraft and Regime Type: Transparency, Credibility and Conflict Resolution” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Portland, Oregon, February 2003.
Helen V. Milner and Benjamin Judkins. “Partisanship and Trade Policy: Do parties contest trade policy?” Presented at the American Political Science Association Meetings in Boston MA, August 2002.
Benjamin Judkins. “Democracy and the Success of Economic Sanctions” Presented at the American Political Science Association Meetings in San Francisco CA, August 2001.
Reviews and Short Entries
“A Review in Memory of Denis Gainty: Martial Arts and the Body Politic in Meiji Japan.” 2018. Martial Arts Studies. 6, pp.102–105. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18573/mas.62
“Book Review: Venezuelan Stick Fighting: The Civilizing Process in Martial Arts.” 2017. Martial Arts Studies. (4), pp.85–88. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18573/j.2017.10190
“Editorial.” 2017. Martial Arts Studies. (3), pp.1–6. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18573/j.2017.10112
“Bruce Lee (Little Dragon).” 2016. Pop Culture in Asia and Oceania. Eds. Jeremy Murray and Kathy Nadeau. ABC CLIO. p. 127
“Chinese Martial Arts.” 2016. Pop Culture in Asia and Oceania. Eds. Jeremy Murray and Kathy Nadeau. ABC CLIO. pp. 295-298
“Shaolin.” 2016. Pop Culture in Asia and Oceania. Eds. Jeremy Murray and Kathy Nadeau. ABC CLIO. p. 297
“Political Science.” 2006. Sage Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Ed. H. James Birx. Sage Publications. pp. 1878-1880.
“Political Economy” 2006. Sage Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Ed. H. James Birx. Sage Publications. pp. 1872-1874.
Interviews and Popular Publications
“Learning the Ancient Art of Lightsaber Dueling.” June 22, 2018. Ithaca Times.https://www.ithaca.com/news/learning-the-ancient-art-of-lightsaber-duelling/article_2a2beace-756e-11e8-a99a-e757a870ecfb.html
Benjamin Judkins and Chad Eisner. 2018. “Lightsaber Combat and the Value of Myth in the Martial Arts.” Kung Fu Tai Chi Magazine.http://www.kungfumagazine.com/index.php?p=article&article=1424
“Does Lightsaber Combat Qualify as a Martial Art?” Inverse. August 19, 2016.
“Benjamin Judkins and Jon Nielson on the Creation of Wing Chun, Part I.” Kung Fu Tai Chi Magazine.
“Benjamin Judkins and Jon Nielson on the Creation of Wing Chun, Part II.” Kung Fu Tai Chi Magazine.
“The Modern Roots of Ancient Martial Arts.” The Rochester Review. July-August, 2015. p. 72.
Teaching and Research Areas____________________________________________
Political Science; International Relations; Comparative Politics; Globalization; Political Economy; Asian Politics; Religion and International Politics; Social History of East Asia; Foreign Policy; Martial Arts Studies.
- Assistant Professor, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, 2004-2012
- Approaches to Religion in International Politics (5810): 2006 – 2011
- Introduction to International Relations (2100): 2005 – 2012
- Foundations of the Politics of Int. Economic Relations (5710/6710): 2004 – 2011
- Graduate Seminar in International Political Economy (6710): 2007 – 2012
- Industries and State Power: IPE of the Advanced World (5750/6750): 2005 – 2012
- Graduate Field Seminar in International Relations (6850): Fall 2005
- Hosted the 2018 Martial Arts Studies Picnic and BBQ in Ithaca NY (May 27th), which brought together 20 scholars and enthusiasts, some whom traveled from as far as the Midwest and Canada.
- Co-founder and editor of the first university press backed interdisciplinary journal of Martial Arts Studies (MAS). (see martialartsstudies.org)
- Founder and editor of “Kung Fu Tea,” the largest and most popular blog dedicated to all aspects of the scholarly study of the martial arts.
- Serves on the Editorial Review Board of the Martial Arts Studies book series from Rowman & Littlefield press.
- Serves on the Advisory Board of the German/English language Journal of Martial Arts Research (JOMAR)
- Advised and mentored many undergraduates preparing them for graduate school.
- Department Undergraduate committee, 2005-2008.
- Department International Relations field committee, 2004-2012.
- Served on multiple department job search committees.
- Chaired and served on numerous departmental and interdepartmental MA and PhD committees while at the University of Utah.
Political ethnography, economic analysis, statistics (including event, panel and multi-level modeling, STATA, SPSS); game theory; historical case study.
Fellowships and Awards________________________________________________
- Council on Foreign Relations Associate Fellow, 2003-2004
- Columbia University Teaching Fellow, 2003-2004
- Columbia University Presidents Fellow, 1999-2002
- Weatherhead Fellow, 1999-2002
- Columbia University Fellow of the Faculty, 1998-1999
- Columbia University Center for International Conflict Resolution Summer Research Funding, 2002&2003
- National Science Foundation: Honorable Mention (1999)
- Fulbright Application (RAND-St. Andrews Center, UK 1998): Wait-listed.
- Phi Beta Kappa, 1997