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: November 2022.

Peer-reviewed articles

Helms, Benjamin. 2022. "Global Economic Integration and Nativist Politics in Emerging Economies." Accepted at American Journal of Political Science.

Helms, Benjamin and David Leblang. 2022. "Labor Market Policy as Immigration Control: The Case of Temporary Protected Status." International Studies Quarterly, 66 (3), sqac042.

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

Articles under review

"Exit or Voice? Corruption Perceptions and Emigration."

Articles in progress

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

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

"International Migration and Interstate Conflict." (with David Leblang and Philip Potter). 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.