My research interests lie in three areas of international and comparative political economy. First, I am interested in the political economy of globalization. My dissertation explores how the global spread of production reshapes politics in emerging economies. I am also engaged in several projects related to the politics of international migration. Finally, I have additional research interests at the intersection of international political economy and international security.

See below for a list of my publications, as well as works under review and in progress.


The Ties That Bind: Immigration and the Global Political Economy (with David Leblang). Under contract at Cambridge University Press. Estimated publication: December 2022.

Peer-reviewed articles

Helms, Benjamin and David Leblang. Forthcoming. "Labor Market Policy as Immigration Control: The Case of Temporary Protected Status." International Studies Quarterly.

Helms, Benjamin and David Leblang. 2019. "Global Migration: Causes and Consequences." Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. Oxford University Press.

Articles under review

"Global Economic Integration and Nativist Politics in Emerging Economies." Revised and resubmitted to American Journal of Political Science.

"Exit or Voice? Corruption Perceptions and Emigration."

Articles in progress

"War on Aisle 5: Casualties, National Identity, and Consumer Behavior." (with Sonal Pandya and Rajkumar Venkatesan). In preparation for submission.

"Labor Market Policies, Remittances, and Global Migration." with David Leblang, Alexa Iadarola*, Ankita Satpathy*, Kelsey Hunt, Rebecca Brough*, and Eric Xu* (* undergraduate collaborator). In preparation for submission.

"International Migration and Interstate Conflict." (with David Leblang and Philip Potter). In preparation for submission.

"Bartering Bureaucrats: Foreign Direct Investment Weakens Governance." (with Sonal Pandya and Sheetal Sekhri). In preparation for submission.

"Global Economic Integration and the Political Economy of Public Goods Provision." Draft in progress.

"Monetary Policy and International Migration." Draft in progress.

"Highway Through the Danger Zone: Thresholds of Democratic Survival and Breakdown." (with Jonathan Kropko, David Leblang, and Anne Meng). Draft in progress.