Rich Benjamin

"I believe that adaptation requires openness. It requires a willingness to understand others, a willingness to understand oneself. And I believe in that willingness comes an openness to change."

Rich Benjamin keenly and deftly observes modern society, culture, and politics. His cultural and political analysis appear regularly in public debate.

Rich is the author of Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America, which was selected as an Editor’s Choice by both Booklist and The American Library Association. This groundbreaking study is one of few to have illuminated in advance the rise of white anxiety and white nationalism in contemporary public US life. Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed, calls Searching for Whitopia, “A daring feat of the 21st Century exploration that will have you laughing and shuddering at the same time.”

His commentary frequently appears in the New York Times, The Guardian, The New Yorker, NPR, PBS, MSNBC, and CNN. Rich was recently a Fellow in the literary arts at the Bellagio Center (Italia), Rockefeller Foundation, and he currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the Authors Guild, the national union of writers that has been protecting authors’ rights and free speech since 1912.

Rich has a BA in English and political science from Wesleyan University and a PhD in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University. He is currently at work on a new book, Talk to Me.

My road trip through the whitest towns in America | Rich Benjamin


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