Ben Mauk has written for The New York Times Magazine, Harper's Magazine, The New Yorker, The Guardian, the London Review of Books, Virginia Quarterly Review, and n+1, among other publications. He was a finalist for the 2018 National Magazine Award for feature writing. In 2019, he received the inaugural Jamal Khashoggi Award for Courageous Journalism.
He has taught literature and creative writing at the University of Iowa. He co-founded and directs the Berlin Writers' Workshop.
He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, a former Fulbright Scholar, and a grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award. He has also received honors from the Western Writers of America and the Overseas Press Club of America.
He was born and raised in Maryland and lives in Berlin.