Benjamin Douglas Mitchell, born in Fairfax County, Virginia on April 24, 1978, was educated in Alexandria at local public schools.
He earned the B.A. degree cum laude in Classics-History-Politics from the Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado (2000), with a minor in Renaissance Studies. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He earned the M.A. (2003) and Ph.D. (2008) degrees in Government from the University of Virginia with specialization in political theory and American politics. From 2003 to 2008, he was a teaching assistant, an instructor, and an Adjunct Professor in the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics at the University of Virginia. He teaches introductory and advanced courses in ancient and modern political philosophy, United States government and politics, American political development (origins, development, contemporary public policy-making, and international relations), the problem of friendship, grand strategy, and the art of statesmanship.
From 2009 to the present, he has been Assistant Professor of American Politics, Policy, and Strategy in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy, West Point. Dr. Mitchell has directed the Department’s foundations course in political theory, “Political Thought and Ideas.” He served as the first Executive Director of the West Point Grand Strategy Program between 2013 and 2014. He currently serves as Course Director for West Point’s advanced core course in American politics, “Advanced American Government.”