Dr Benjamin Hruska, after completing the Great Ocean Walk in southern AustraliaDr. Benjamin Hruska is a history instructor at Basis International School in Shenzhen, China. Before this he served as the Court Historian for the Department of Defense’s U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. He completed his PhD in Public History at Arizona State University in 2012, with his dissertation focused on the changing memories over time for U.S. Navy servicemen in World War II.

Before graduate school he served as the Administrator of the Block Island Historical Society on Block Island, Rhode Island. While in this position this organization hosted members of the USS Block Island Association, composed of veterans who served on two World War II aircraft carriers named after Block Island, to their ship’s namesake in May of 2007. For this project, Hruska was awarded the Regional Tourism Award from Governor Donald Carcieri and the State of Rhode Island in May 2008. He earned an M.A. in Public History from Wichita State University in 2004 and a B.A. in History from Pittsburg State University in 2000.