Once on a path to a promising career in computer science, Ben was led astray by the siren song of the humanities and thus received his Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Kent State University in 2003. After a few years of using the powers granted him by said degree to make burritos for hungover college students, he traveled via rusted-out pickup truck to the Palouse prairie in eastern Washington state to attend graduate school at Washington State University.
He earned his M.A. in English Literature in 2007 and his Ph.D. in 2012. This fall, he will begin a tenure-track position at the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, Oregon, as Assistant Professor of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
When not teaching and researching, Ben likes to walk, hike, or run long distances, especially in the snow. A food lover, he looks forward to exploring all of Klamath Falls' vegetarian-friendly restaurants as soon as possible. Ben hopes to fulfill his lifelong dream of dog ownership starting this fall.