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Asst. Clinical Professor of FIRE


Quick Facts:

  • Founding FIRE Faculty Leader for Global Development & Design

  • PhD - Governance & Law (2018)

  • Former Editorial Asst. - Asian Ethnology

  • Former Consultant - World Bank

  • Former Operations/Research Asst. - United Nations


Dr. Benjamin D. Huffman is an Assistant Clinical Professor of the University of Maryland's First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (FIRE) program under the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost.

Dr. Huffman joined the University of Maryland in 2020 after graduating from Nagoya University with a Ph.D. in Governance & Law. Previously, Dr. Huffman worked as a research assistant for the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD), as a consultant for the World Bank, and as an IT administrator in local government. 

He now leads the stream Global Development & Design, part of the Social Science Cluster of FIRE. His stream focuses on topics related to global and human development as well as system design.


Research Interests

  • Information and Communication Technologies for Development

  • Human Development and Capabilities

  • E-Governance and Citizen Participation in the Governance Process

Select Publications

  • Huffman, B. (2002). Building a Wireless Bridge over the Digital Divide. UNCRD Regional Development Dialogue, 23(2), 137-154. ISSN:0250-6505 

  • Huffman, B. (2002). Beware the Digital Subdivide: ICTs and Human Security, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility Pattern, "Spring, 2002

  • Huffman, B. (2014). The Evolution of e-Government through Web 2.0: Upgrading Local Government in the Philippines (Unpublished master's thesis). Nagoya University.

  • Huffman, B. (2017). CeDEM Asia 2016 Proceedings of the International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government. In E-Participation in the Governance Process: Redefining its Worth and Modality. Krems, Austria: Edition Donau-Universität, 115-122. ISBN:978-3- 903150-13-3

  • Huffman, B. (2017). E-Participation in the Philippines: A Capabilities Approach to Socially Inclusive Governance. EJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government, 9(2), 24-46. ISSN: 2075-9517

  • Huffman, B. (2020). [Review of the book More than rural: Textures of Thailand's agrarian transformation, by J. Rigg]. Asian Ethnology 79(2):410. ISSN: 1882-6865

Works In Progress

  • Book review of Esarey, A., Haddad, M. A., Lewis, J. I., & Harrell, S. (2020). Greening East Asia: the rise of the eco-developmental state. University of Washington Press.

  • Working paper on an Ethical Approach towards Adolescent Reproductive Health Services: A Case of Healthcare Workers in the Philippines

  • Policy Consultation Report: Creation of Fiber Optic Cable (FOC) Underground Trenching for the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT), Philippines. 


  • 2021 GSID-NUAL Alumni Grant



  • Nagoya University, Graduate School of International Development

    • PhD: Governance & Law (2018)

  • Nagoya University, Graduate School of International Development

    • MA: Rural & Regional Development Management (2014)

  • Western Washington University, College of Business and Economics

    • BA: Management (1998)

Professional Development

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    • Sloan School of Management Executive Certificate Track (2021~)

  • Georgetown University 

    • Information Technology Multi-Certificate Diploma (2005)

Professional Memberships

  • Human Development and Capabilities Association (HDCA)

    • Regional Coordinator, East Asia


  • A+/Network+/MCP/CCNA/Security+


  • English and Japanese

Additional Information

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