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Stephen Benedict Dyson

Professor of Political Science, University of Connecticut

Stephen Benedict Dyson is a professor of political science at the University of Connecticut and the director of UConn’s Humanities House. He teaches classes on politics, international affairs, and political leadership, and has research interests in foreign policy, psychology, and popular culture. Dyson has written extensively on subjects ranging from the personality of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to the pop music of the British singer Morrissey.

Dyson is the author of 'Otherworldly Politics: The International Relations of Star Trek, Game of Thrones, and Battlestar Galactica.' In Otherworldly Politics, Dyson argues that worldbuilding, the act of imagining a universe and using the otherworld to explain our own, is an approach that unifies creative minds such as George R.R. Martin and Gene Roddenberry with professors who think about international politics.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Connecticut


  • 2004 
    Washington State University, Ph.D. / Political Science