Dr. Benjamin J. Sacks FRGS is a visiting researcher at Harvard University’s Center for History and Economics. An award-winning author, researcher, consultant, and public speaker, Sacks’s academic, policy, and public-engaged work spans the breadth of US-UK-EU historical and contemporary strategic issues, from urban planning and imperial/post-imperial studies to international broadcasting, soft power, geopolitical, and climate change policy. Between 2013-18, Sacks worked on geostrategic and transatlantic affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School’s Liechtenstein Institute for Self-Determination. In 2017-18, he held a Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies Fellowship; in 2015-16, Princeton’s inaugural Digital Humanities Fellowship; and in 2014, the Michael J. Connell Foundation Fellowship at The Huntington Library. Sacks is a permanent elected fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) and a 2009 national Beinecke scholar.
Sacks holds a Ph.D. and a M.A. from Princeton University, and a B.A. summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Tufts University. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University, where he was the Center for History and Economics’ 2018-19 digital history fellow. His work has been featured in Journal of Cold War Studies (forthcoming), History of Cartography, Geography Directions, Reviews in History, Blackwell Companion to World History, Oxford Handbook on the History of Consumption, Immigrant Entrepreneurship, and New England Quarterly.