Rich Benjamin

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Rich Benjamin
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Born United States
Residence United States
Education Wesleyan University (BA)
Stanford University (PhD)
Occupation Author, 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.[4]

He is also a lecturer and a public intellectual, who regularly discusses issues on NPR, MSNBC, and FOX News. His writing frequently appears in The New York Times and Salon.[5][6] Benjamin’s work focuses on US politics and culture, money, class, African Americans, Whites, Latinos, LGBT issues, public policy, and demographic change.

Benjamin is currently a Senior Fellow at Demos.[7]


  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. Benjamin, Rich (May 2015). "My road trip through the whitest towns in America". TED. 
  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. "Demos". Retrieved 2012-04-10. 

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