Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
English and Modern Language Studies
“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!” -Benjamin Franklin
Formative experience: reading documents that inspire ("All men are created equal"). Then I notiiced that the inspirational language loses something once translated into material reality ("All men--how about women?--created equal"). So, a life-long belief that enunciation (saying stuff) might lead to embodiment (real life).
BA, Rutgers College
MA, University of California' Berkeley
PhD, University of California' Berkeley
Awards and Honors
Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship/ Pace University,
- Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship Fellow, 2017-18
Bender, D. (2018, March 22). Renaissance Society of America . Enduring Renaissance Rhetoric: A Plebeian Perspective. New Orleans LA.
Fields of Specialization:
Early Literature (Antiquity through Early Modern); Shakespeare; Tudor education; educational theory; social class and literature; new humanities combining civic engagement and works of art; writing for social justice.
United Students Against Sweatshops
Renaissance Society of America
Northeast Modern Language Association