Name:  Brandon Ranallo-Benavidez
Title:  Assistant Professor of Political Science
Education: Ph.D., Public Administration & Policy, American University
MPA, Public Administration, American University
BA, Political Science, University of Oklahoma
Office:  334 Bancroft Hall
Phone:  803/323-4685 
Area(s):  Public Administration; Public Policy; American Government; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer (LGBTQ+) Studies; Social Marginalization & Community Empowerment


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Faculty & Staff Profiles

From the rural town of Haileyville, Oklahoma, Dr. Ranallo-Benavidez is a first-generation college student and an alumnus of the University of Oklahoma. He earned both his Master's of Public Administration (MPA) and his Ph.D. in Public Administration & Policy from American University in Washington, DC. He joined the Department of Political Science at Winthrop in August 2019.

Ranallo-Benavidez has taught courses on American Government; Public Administration; Public Policy; Quantitative & Qualitative Methods; LGBTQ Studies, Queer & Feminist Theories, and various policy area focused courses (e.g., "Immigration Politics," "Child & Family Policy," and "Gender-Based Violence").

Ranallo-Benavidez's reseach is animated by rigorous investigation of social marginalization, diversity, social equity, ethical government, and minority empowerment. His work examines the ways that politics and policy influence disenfranchisement and privilege in America. For example, his dissertation, "Fostering, Adopting, and LGBTQ Parental Rights: The Burden Created by Government's Third-Party Contractors," documents ways in which exclusionary public policies both limit LGBTQ parenthood and undermine attainment of adoptive placements for children in the system.

Ranallo-Benavidez has presented his research at many prestigious conferences, including the Midwestern Politics Science AssociationAmerican Society of Criminology; Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management; Southeastern Conference for Public Administration, among others. 

Pronouns: Him/His