In 2021-2022, Benjamin Bowen Schwartz will be a third-year Ph.D. student within the English Department at Vanderbilt University.
Benjamin Schwartz is a teacher and scholar from Southwestern Connecticut. His research on African American literature focuses on representations of humor, music, and pedagogy. Ben has earned a BA in American Studies from Brown University, an MA from Vanderbilt in English, and an MA in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. He has been published in English Journal and The Journal of Urban Education and has presented his work at UNC-Charlotte, Yale University, and Heritage University. Ben will be presenting his research on teaching and social change at the annual conferences of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Coalition for Community Writing (CCW) in the fall of 2021. In the spring of 2021, Ben won the Susan Ford Wiltshire Award from Vanderbilt's Department of Gender and Sexuality for his essay entitled "'We, the People's Plaza...: Nashville's 2020 Uprising and Its Implications for Activist Praxis.'"