History Department
History Department

Benjamin Wright

BA History, MA in Modern History, King's College London

Benjamin Wright



U.S. History and Memory, Confederate Statues and Symbols, U.S. involvement in World War I, Defeat in American Culture


I'm a curator, and writer based in Austin, Texas. My professional work has involved the relocation of Confederate statues from public spaces to museum settings. In that capacity I have been interviewed by USA Today, PRI and the Irish Times. As a curator, I've talked about my work with 15 Minute History, the Alcalde, KUT's Texas Standard and the BBC

Previously I worked as a journalist and a press secretary at the Texas state capitol. (I alternate between infatuation and disgust when it comes to Texas politics!) Originally from England, I have been in Texas since 2003. My personal writing focuses on travel, music, sport and faith. Long term projects include a novel about Vincent van Gogh, and a Hemingway-inspired short story collection about refugees. Those are on hold while I fumble and tumble toward obtaining a PhD in American History. 

When not writing I enjoy traveling, playing guitar, arguing about things, being jumped on by my children, and getting injured playing soccer.





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