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Daniel Bender

Associate Professor

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

English and Modern Language Studies

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“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, October 20, 2017 - 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

Bender, D. (2016, January 15). Societie Francaise Shakespeare/ Jeunesses de Shakespeare . 'appertaining to thy young days': The End Of The Academe In Love's Labour's Lost & A Curriculum For the Future. Societie Francaise Shakespeare/Jeunesses de Shakespeare, Paris France


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 , March 25 , 2011
    Grassroots movement highlighting dangerous working conditions in 3rd World labor markets, esp. those favored by American-based manufacturers. Advocate for safe working conditions (e.g. fire safety) & living wage.
  • Renaissance Society of America , September 20 , 2002
    Multidisciplinary conference including works of literature, plastic arts, history, philosophy that comprised the intellectual movement known as the renaissance.
  • Northeast Modern Language Association , January 20 , 1998
    English and Modern Languages. Study of post-classical literatures, foreign and anglophone. Professional issues of curriculum development, current education, innovation.
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