Hello! I am a Ph.D. student in the Political Science Department at Duke University, specializing in Political Economy and Political Institutions. I am a comparative political scientist studying the emergence and evolution of institutions. I have a particular interest in how regimes build legitimacy and the impacts that their strategies have on institutional effectiveness and stability. My research has been published or is forthcoming in the Journal of Theoretical Politics, the Journal of Historical Political EconomyPublic Choice, and Constitutional Political Economy. Please view my research projects, my CV, or contact me at benjamin.broman@duke.edu.

Before coming to Duke’s Political Science Department full-time, I received my M.A. in Analytical Political Economy jointly from Duke’s Economics and Political Science Departments and my B.A. in Economics summa cum laude from Pennsylvania State University. I previously worked for the City of Durham’s Innovation Team as a Data Science Fellow and in the Duke University Rare Books and Manuscripts Archive. Outside of academia, I am a distance runner, coffee snob, amateur photographer, and long-suffering fan of D.C.-area sports teams.