Ben Franta is a PhD student in History of Science, working with Robert Proctor on the history of climate politics and the role of science in policymaking. Franta is also an Associate at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, where he earned a PhD in Applied Physics. While at Harvard, he was also a research fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government.
Franta writes on climate in popular media, and his work has appeared in The Guardian, Project Syndicate, The Nation, Boston Review, Moyers & Company and other outlets.
He grew up in small-town Elkader, Iowa and has also lived in Boston, the United Kingdom, Greece and the Philippines. In his spare time, he likes to run, listen to classical music, watch theatre and go hiking and camping.