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Thomas Bentley

PHD Student

Thomas Bentley graduated from the University of Iowa in 2013, where he received a BA in Political Science and minors in International Studies, History and International Relations.  He entered the Ph.D. program in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University in the fall of 2014.  Upon graduation from the University of Iowa, he graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army Engineer Corps.  His military education includes Engineer Basic Officer Leader Course, Basic Combat Training, Air Assault School, and the Sapper Leader Course.  His assignments include Engineer Platoon Leader and Battalion Project Officer.  During his time as an undergraduate, Thomas held internships with Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and Iowa Congressman David Loebsack’s office.  His experience in the military combined with his internships influenced his desire in expanding his education.

Thomas’s major/minor are in the fields of International Relations and Comparative Politics. His research interests include the topics of civil and international conflict, conflict transformation, political stabilization, and national security.

Thomas enjoys hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, traveling, running, and spending time with his family and friends.  A life-long goal is to climb the seven summits of the world – he plans on climbing Mr. Kilimanjaro this December.