about

I’m a writer and historian. The topics of my books, essays, and criticism range from the history of philosophy to contemporary food culture, with stops along the way for coffee and the history of the cafe, the history of colleges and universities, and laboratory-grown meat and the future of food. I received my B.A. from Swarthmore College, and my M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. I’ve been a Mellon postdoctoral fellow at the New School for Social Research and a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at MIT. I believe in public scholarship (carefully researched work accessible to the general reader) and I place my trust in the essay form.

I write and edit freelance, and sometimes consult to individuals and organizations. Please send correspondence, paper airplanes, and delicious coffee to ben dot wurgaft at gmail dot com, or follow me on Twitter: @benwurgaft

In 2019-20 I’ll be teaching at Wesleyan University as a visiting assistant professor of social studies and history.

The above photo is by Lydia Daniller (2012)