Thank you for visiting the web page of Benjamin Hruska, History Instructor at Basis Shenzhen International School located in Shenzhen, China. My first book Interpreting Naval History at Museums and Historic Sites (2016) was published as part of the American Association for State and Local History’s (AASLH) Interpreting History Book Series. I have also published in academic journals including The Nautilus (Massachusetts Maritime Academy), Fwd: Museums Journal, and reviews in AASLH’s History News. Over the years I have also written about local and regional history in the award-winning newspaper The Block Island Times.
Before teaching in China I served as a digital historian for the U.S. Department of Defense’s U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C. I received my PhD in Public History from Arizona State University in 2012. Previous to this I held of the position of Director of the Block Island Historical Society, which is a house museum devoted to local history located on the small island of Block Island, Rhode Island.
My latest research has shifted to international public history. Currently I am writing about Hong Kong identity seen in museums and historic sites. My writings consider the actions of Hong Kong public historians as it acts as a pocket of freedom with the PRC.