Assistant Professor of Literature
Primary Academic Program: Literature
Academic Program Affiliation(s): American Studies, Environmental and Urban Studies, Experimental Humanities
Biography:Professor Benson’s research and teaching focus is on American literatures of the 19th and early 20th centuries, with active interests in media studies, indigenous studies, disability, and the environmental humanities. His articles on authors including W. E. B. Du Bois, Herman Melville, and Claude McKay have appeared in the journals Narrative, Leviathan, Small Axe, and Criticism. His current book manuscript, Soundblind: American Literature and the Problem of Transcription, was selected for participation in the Center for American Literary Studies’ First Book Institute at Penn State in 2017, and he is the recipient of a Chernin Mentoring Fellowship (2011-12), among other recent awards. He serves on the executive board of the New York Metro Area American Studies Association.
BA, PhD, University of California, Berkeley. At Bard since 2012.