Benjamin is a graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts in East Asian Studies in EALC. He is also pursuing a Master of Public Affairs at the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. His research focuses on Chinese political economy, East, Southeast Asian, and South Asian affairs, and international development. Benjamin currently conducts research on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor through the Tobias Center for Innovation in International Development and serves as a teaching assistant for undergraduate courses in Hamilton Lugar and O’Neill. Benjamin has also previously assisted with EALC faculty research on Taiwanese foreign relations and tutored for Indiana University’s Chinese Language Flagship Program. As of Fall 2022, Benjamin will have completed policy analysis internships with the US-ASEAN Business Council and the U.S. Commercial Service. This upcoming academic year, Benjamin will travel to Tokyo to contribute towards his Master’s thesis comparing China and Japan’s respective overseas infrastructure development models in Southeast Asia. Before coming to Indiana University, Benjamin received a B.A. in Political Science at the University of Michigan and taught English at Universiti Sains Malaysia.