Ben Wright is an assistant professor of historical studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. His research explores how people of faith understood and responded to social injustice, particularly around issues of race. His first book, tentatively titled “Antislavery and American Salvation” is under advance contract with LSU Press. This work explores how tensions between religious conversion and religious purification shaped the development of the American antislavery movement.
He is the coeditor of Apocalypse and the Millennium in the American Civil War Era, along with Zachary W. Dresser. This volume explores how Americans understood the future in the era of national crisis.
Wright is an active practitioner of the digital humanities. He and co-editor Joseph L. Locke, direct the work of hundreds of historians through The American Yawp, an open, collaboratively produced American history textbook, published by Stanford University Press. He is also the coeditor of The Abolition Seminar, a NEH-funded teaching resource for school teachers. His interest in critical pedagogy has led him to serve as managing editor for Teaching United States History, a website dedicated to best practices in teaching American history at the college level.
Wright’s historical research on slavery has involved him in the modern anti-human trafficking movement. In addition to his work for Historians Against Slavery, he is also a member of the Children at Risk Institute, a collection of scholars fighting against the exploitation of children in Texas and beyond.