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At Bennington, students work closely with faculty to design the content, structure, and sequence of their study and practice—their Plan—taking advantage of resources inside and outside the classroom to pursue their work. 

Students studying political economy at Bennington engage deeply with subject matter affecting human well-being, exploring areas such as the environment, wealth inequality, international development, and gender. They cultivate an analytical skill set, not only by using contemporary economic tools, but also through an understanding of economic history and philosophical debates within the field. Students demonstrate quantitative literacy and reasoning through applications and policy analysis. Upper-level courses challenge students to further integrate their knowledge across disciplines.

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When natural disaster strikes, its effects are not experienced outside of history: Lopamudra Banerjee’s work brings together issues of the environment and development to explore how the poor experience such events in disproportionate ways.


Rotimi Suberu’s research on Nigerian government and politics and international relations have prompted invitations to consult for the Nigerian government, the World Bank, the National Endowment for Democracy, Freedom House, and the Forum of Federations.