Benjamin Soskis


Benjamin Soskis is a research associate at the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute. A historian and journalist, Benjamin is also the co-editor of HistPhil, a web publication devoted to the history of the non-profit and philanthropic sectors, as well as a consultant for the Open Philanthropy Project and a frequent contributor to the Chronicle of Philanthropy and the Atlantic online. His writing on philanthropy has also appeared in the Washington Post, The Guardian, New Yorker online, SSIR, The American Prospect and the Foundation Review. He is co-author of The Battle Hymn of the Republic: A Biography of the Song that Marches On, which was a finalist for the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, and of Looking Back at 50 Years of U.S. Philanthropy (Hewlett Foundation, 2016). He is also the author of The History of the Giving While Living Ethic (The Atlantic Philanthropies, 2017). Benjamin has taught at the George Washington University and the University of California, Washington Center. He received his PhD in American history from Columbia University.