BEN PLATT is a book editor. At Basic Books he edited Alisa Roth’s Insane, Ian Bogost’s Play Anything, Benjamin Reiss’s Wild Nights, and Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt’s Europe’s Last Chance. At Penguin Press he edited Joshua Greene’s Moral Tribes, Phil Zuckerman’s Living the Secular Life, and Matt Higgins’s Bird Dream, and worked on Charlie LeDuff’s Detroit, David Axelrod’s Believer, Dan Barber’s The Third Plate, Steve Inskeep’s Jacksonland, Roger Lowenstein’s America’s Bank, and Henry Kissinger’s World Order.

Ben has performed freelance editing for authors, agents, publishers, and institutions, including Janklow & Nesbit, SFMOMA, JSTOR Daily, and Moon & Company. Books and proposals that he has edited have been acquired or published by Picador, Simon & Schuster, and Melville House, with forthcoming titles from St. Martin’s, W. W. Norton, Stanford University Press, Harvard University Press, and Princeton University Press. He was a keynote speaker at the 2018 Object Lessons Institute, a writing workshop for scholars and nonfiction writers sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

A graduate of the University of Chicago, Ben is senior editor at Public Books—where he founded the Public Thinker interview series—and director of the SHELTER Speaker Series.