Benjamin R. Cole served UNH as Hood House Lecturer in International Affairs from 2008-2011, and has since taken a position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Dartmouth College. His research interests include state fragility and failure, democratic transition dynamics, and the creation, maintenance, and assessment of cross-national time-series measures and datasets on issues related to governance and conflict. He is a Research Associate with the Center for Systemic Peace and its affiliate, Societal-Systems Research, Inc., based outside Washington, DC, and under these organizations he has co-authored the annual "Global Report on Conflict, Governance, and State Fragility," series since 2008. He is currently producing a book that proposes a new conceptualization of democratic governance, borrowing from complexity theory. Ben loves to teach, and has lectured at both Harvard and Phillips Exeter Academy summer school programs, in addition to teaching courses on comparative politics, international relations, and research methods at UNH and James Madison University. He designed and revamped several courses while at UNH, primarily in the International Affairs program, including a new course combining science fiction literature with international relations theory. When not researching, teaching, or mentoring, Ben can often be found farming, sailing, or spending time with his family.