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. He began teaching at the Oregon Institute of Technology in 2013, and is currently working on developing new humanities courses for the ALPs minor.
When not teaching and researching, Ben likes to walk, hike, or run long distances, especially in the snow. He's recently discovered the physical and metaphysical joys of climbing mountains, a habit that will likely lead to his demise eventually (or at least to really bad knees when he gets older). He also plays a lot of video games (for research purposes only, really!).