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Ben Wright

History and Political Science
Assistant Professor

Office: Conger 305
Office hours: Mon 11am-2pm, Tues 2pm-4pm, Wed 11am-2pm, Thurs 2pm-4pm

PhD – Rice University 2014 MA – Columbia University 2008 BA – Bethel University, 2006

Thank you for visiting my faculty web page.  I am a historian of American history with a special interest in issues of race and social reform.   I’m thrilled to be working with ABAC students and will be offering courses in American history, African American history, and the Atlantic World. My courses require students to perform as historians: analyzing primary documents, crafting arguments based on these documents, and evaluating the arguments of other historians. Students of history become careful readers, creative thinkers, and clear communicators—all essential skills for success in contemporary life.

My research explores how Americans and others in the Atlantic World have understood social injustice, particularly around issues of race and ethnicity.  My book manuscript, under contract with LSU Press, answers why so many antislavery Americans in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries never took a political stand by joining antislavery societies, writing tracts, or pressuring politicians. 

516c674dcb89cI am the coeditor of Apocalypse and the Millennium in the American Civil War Era, (LSU Press, 2013) an anthology that explores how Americans understood the future during an era of national crisis. I have a chapter in a forthcoming anthology that introduces the themes of my second project, which unfolds the religious roots of modern imperialism through an exploration of the British and American colonization of Africa. 

I have a particular interest in the teaching opportunities and democratizing potential of digital technology. I am the co-editor of The American Yawp, a free and online American history textbook ( I am also the coeditor of, a NEH-funded resource for K-12 teachers. My interest in critical pedagogy has led me to serve as managing editor of the Teaching United States History Blog (

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When not writing or teaching, I am likely listening to the music of Bruce Springsteen or rooting on my beloved Green Bay Packers.