Rich Benjamin

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Rich Benjamin
Author Rich Benjamin.png
ResidenceUnited States
EducationWesleyan University (BA)
Stanford University (PhD)
OccupationAuthor, television commentator, cultural critic

Rich Benjamin is an American cultural critic, anthropologist, and author.

Benjamin is perhaps best known for the non-fiction book Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America.[1][2][3] Benjamin's investigation of Whitopia was the subject of a 2015 TED Talk, which has garnered 2 million views across media platforms and earned translation into 25 languages.

He is also a lecturer and a public intellectual, who regularly discusses issues on NPR, PBS, MSNBC, and CNN.[4] His writing frequently appears in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Guardian and Salon.[5][6][7]

Benjamin’s work focuses on United States politics and culture, comparative world politics, money, class, African Americans, Whites, Latinos, public policy, global cultural transformation, and demographic change.

Benjamin is currently a Senior Fellow at Demos.[8]


  1. ^ James, Randy (2009-10-12). "America's Booming White Enclaves". Time. Retrieved 2012-04-10.
  2. ^ Poon, Linda (August 12, 2015). "A Black Man's Journey Through 'Whitopia'". CityLab.
  3. ^ "A Black Author's Journey Into American 'Whitopia'". NPR. 2009-10-06. Retrieved 2012-04-10.
  4. ^ AmericaWriter (2017-01-06), Pres. Obama Opens Up About His Presidency In Exit Interview, retrieved 2017-01-09
  5. ^ Benjamin, Rich (2012-03-29). "The Gated Community Mentality". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-04-10.
  6. ^ Benjamin, Rich (2012-06-21). "Banner Days". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-03-10.
  7. ^ Benjamin, Rich (March 27, 2017). ""Get Out" and the Death of White Racial Innocence". The New Yorker.
  8. ^ "Demos". Retrieved 2012-04-10.

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