Ben Stein obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia and a law degree from Yale. At Yale he worked part time as a poverty lawyer and as an activist and demonstrator for civil rights and decent treatment of the poor.
Stein has taught at American University, University of California at Santa Cruz and Pepperdine. His areas of expertise include the political and social content of mass culture, law, ethics and civil rights. In addition to teaching, Stein served as speechwriter and lawyer for Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.
His hit quiz show, "Win Ben Stein's Money," ran on Comedy Central from 1997 to 2002 and garnered six Emmy Awards. Stein won an additional Emmy for best game show host. He co-wrote the movie "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed." He has written, co-written and published 30 books, the latest of which is How to Ruin the United States of America.
Stein is a commentator for CSB Sunday Morning and Fox News. He is also a regular columnist for The New York Times Sunday Business Section, and he has contributed to The Wall Street Journal, Barrons financial magazine, The Los Angeles Herald Examiner and additional print news sources.