Assistant Professor of Literature
Academic Program Affiliation(s): American Studies, Environmental and Urban Studies, Experimental Humanities
Biography:Professor Benson specializes in 19th and 20th century American literature, with active interests in media and print culture, the history of anthropology, Indigenous studies, disability studies, and the environmental humanities. His essays have appeared in PMLA, Narrative, Leviathan, Small Axe, and Criticism. His first book project, Sound-Blind: American Literature and the Politics of Transcription (forthcoming), was selected for participation in the Center for American Literary Studies’ First Book Institute at Penn State in 2017. A second book project in development focuses on narratives of species extinction; a piece of this project has recently been published in the edited volume Contesting Extinctions: Decolonial and Regenerative Futures. Professor Benson currently serves on the editorial board of Short Fiction in Theory and Practice and the executive board of the New York Metro chapter of the American Studies Association.
BA, PhD, University of California, Berkeley. At Bard since 2012.