Benjamin Sawyer is Lecturer in the Department of History at Middle Tennessee State University, and previously worked 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), an MA in History from Appalachian State University (2005), and a PhD in History from Michigan State University (2013).