Benjamin Sawyer is in the 7th and final year of his doctoral work in the Department of History at Michigan State University, and works as Development Editor for GradHacker. His dissertation examines the movement of American workers to the Soviet Union during the era of the New Economic Policy (1921-1928). Aside from Soviet history, he is interested in the histories of capitalism and communism, and the ways that economic systems produce and allocate values. Benjamin is originally from Cabarrus County, NC. He holds a BA in History from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2002) and a MA in History from Appalachian State University (2005).