Ben is currently a visiting professor teaching classes for the joint program with Bard College in New York City: Bard Globalization and International Affairs program. Prior to this he was a postdoctoral fellow of Narrative Politics with Central European University. He is a war veteran turned peace activist turned academic. Once he exited the military he wanted to understand his experience so he started studing Political Science and Sociology at Colorado State Univeristy. It was here that Ben also began getting interested in different forms of social justice activism from socioeconomic issues to racial justice. After recieving his Bachelors, he continued at Colorado State and recieved a Masters in Ethnic Studies. His Master's thesis titled "The Tea Party: The discourse of class, race, gender and sexuality," focused on the recent American Tea Party movement and their radicalization of conservative politics.
Ben then went to the University of Hawaii, and recieved a PhD in Political Science. His PhD dissertation, titled, " Live to Fight, Fight to Live: Mapping veteran narratives of violence in peace," examined military veterans who exited the military to become social justice activists. He completed his PhD in May 2015, and returned to his alma matter Colorado State University to teach in the Ethnic Studies and Political Science departments. This project is scheduled to be published in July of 2019 as a book with SUNY Press.
Ben has published in the Journal of Narrative Politics: (2014) Auto-Archeology and Political Affect of War; in the journal Critical Military Studies: (2017) The Affect of Veteran Activism; as well as in the Review of Human Rights: (2018) American Snipers: Positionality in Embodied War Imaginaries. Ben has a number of other published non-academic works, from think pieces to poetry. He is currently working on a number of projects, ranging from turning his dissertation into a book, expanding his work to include veterans from multiple countries, as well as working on a pedegogical book titled, Living War, Writing War, Teaching War.
To learn more about Ben, go to his website: www.ben-schrader.com