Faculty

Dr. Benjamin Sawyer

Lecturer

Dr. Benjamin Sawyer
(615) 904-8162
Room 103C, Kirksey Old Main (KOM)
MTSU Box 23, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Departments/Programs

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., Michigan State University, MI (2013)
  • M.A., Appalachian State University, NC (2005)
  • B.A., University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC (2002)

Areas of Expertise

History of Economic Systems (Capitalism/Communism)


20th Century Russia and the Soviet Union


Immigration

Biography

Benjamin Sawyer is a historian whose research examines the history of economic systems with a geographic focus on Russia and the United States. He is particularly interested in the ways that capitalism and communism take on social meanings that transcend core economic principles. He is currently working on a book manuscript that examines the ways that Americans in the early to mid 20th century came to invest Soviet space with many of the same values as those attri...

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Benjamin Sawyer is a historian whose research examines the history of economic systems with a geographic focus on Russia and the United States. He is particularly interested in the ways that capitalism and communism take on social meanings that transcend core economic principles. He is currently working on a book manuscript that examines the ways that Americans in the early to mid 20th century came to invest Soviet space with many of the same values as those attributed to the American West.


Dr. Sawyer is committed to public outreach, and has been interviewed by multiple media sources including Forbes and Roll Call. In May 2016, he launched a history podcast called The Road to Now, which he co-hosts with his friend Bob Crawford of the band The Avett Brothers. The Road to Now explores the historical roots of notable events and people in today’s world and is available on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and all other major podcast providers. You can find out more about the podcast at www.theroadtonow.com.


Selected Publications


“Manufacturing Germans: Singer Manufacturing Company and American Capitalism in   the Russian Imagination during World War I.” Enterprise & Society, Vol. 17, No.         2 (June 2016) pp 301-323.


“Shedding the White and Blue: American Migration and Soviet Dreams in the Era of the New Economic Policy.” Ab Imperio ( January 2013): 65-84.


Selected Awards


John T. Bragg Sr. Distinguished Service Award, MTSU Student Government Association, 2016. 


Influential Educator Award, Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, MTSU, 2016.


Fulbright Institute of International Education (IIE) Research Grant, 2011-2012.


Works in Progress East of West: The Soviet Union as American Frontier (manuscript in preparation)


Undergraduate Courses Taught


HIST 2010- US History to 1877


HIST 2020- US History Since 1877

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Mailing Address
Department of History
Middle Tennessee State University
Box 23
1301 E. Main Street 
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Main Office
Peck Hall 223

Department Chair
Kevin Leonard

Undergraduate Program
(615) 898-2631

Graduate Program
(615) 898-5798

All Other Inquiries
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