Benjamin Sasse

Benjamin Sasse

Quick Facts on Dr. Benjamin Sasse

  • Born in Nebraska
  • Earns bachelor’s from Harvard and master’s from St. John’s
  • Earns Ph.D. in American political history, strategy, and management from Yale
  • Wins both the Theron Rockwell Field Prize and George Washington Egleston Prize for his doctoral dissertation on conservative politics during the Cold War
  • Begins career doing corporate strategy with the Boston Consulting Group
  • Since 9/11 works primarily in Washington, including as a chief of staff in the U.S. House of Representatives and in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Policy
  • As a consultant, works with a wide variety of organizations at moments of strategic crisis, including airlines, utilities, major manufacturers, the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, the federal Bureau of Prisons, and a number of nonprofit and educational institutions
  • Hired as a UT Austin assistant professor in 2004, where he teaches such courses as social entrepreneurship and education reform, U.S. policy history, and religious nonprofits and public policy
  • Serves as counselor for policy and strategic initiatives to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt while on a leave of absence from the LBJ School
  • Nominated by President Bush as assistant secretary of health and human services, pending Senate confirmation. Duties would include overseeing day-to-day operations and a team of 110 policymakers