Benjamin Soskis is a research associate in the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute, where he develops public-facing content based on the center’s research. His work explores the intersection of historical inquiry with contemporary philanthropic practice. He is especially interested in the relationship between philanthropy and democratic norms and institutions.
A historian and journalist, Soskis is the coeditor of HistPhil, a web publication devoted to the history of the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Previously, he was a fellow at the Center for Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy, and Policy at George Mason University. He is also a consultant for the Open Philanthropy Project, a joint program of Good Ventures and GiveWell. He is a frequent contributor to the Chronicle of Philanthropy and the Atlantic. His writing on philanthropy has also appeared in the Washington Post, Guardian, New Yorker online, and the Foundation Review. He is coauthor 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. Soskis has taught at the George Washington University and the University of California, Washington Center. He received his PhD in American history from Columbia University.