Benjamin James Sacks

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Associate Policy Researcher
Washington Office


Ph.D. in history, Princeton University; M.A. in history, Princeton University; B.A. in history, Tufts University


Benjamin Sacks is an associate policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. His research interests include information and gray zone operations; geography, cartography, and GIS; networks; soft power and public diplomacy; and NATO and U.S.-European relations and strategy. He recently completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University’s Joint Center for History and Economics, where he examined the development and reach of competing international state broadcasting networks. Between 2013–2018, he was a research associate at the Woodrow Wilson School’s Liechtenstein Institute, where he briefed policymakers on history, geography, and cartography’s ideological and strategic utility in better understanding, examining, and responding to current and future conflict zones. He has published articles or chapters in Journal of Cold War Studies (forthcoming), History of Cartography (forthcoming), History of Military Cartography, Oxford Handbook on the History of Consumption, Companion to World History, and New England Quarterly. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Princeton University and his B.A. from Tufts University. He is a permanent elected fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a 2009 Beinecke scholar.

Selected Publications

Benjamin J. Sacks, "Negotiating the Infrastructure of British International Broadcasting: Operation Beryl and the Genesis of the Modern BBC Global Relay Network, 1953–1963," Journal of Cold War Studies (forthcoming)

Benjamin J. Sacks, "Whose Islands? The Cartographic Politics of the Falklands, 1763–1982,," in Elri Liebenberg, Imre Demhardt, and Soetkin Vervust, eds., History of Military Cartography: 5th ICA Symposium on the History of Cartography, Springer, 2015

Honors & Awards

  • 2017 Alfred Rubin Prize, Tufts Institute for Global Leadership
  • 2009 National Beinecke Scholarship, Sperry Fund