B.A., Humanities & Writing, Houghton College, 2014
Ben Murphy is a PhD candidate in nineteenth-century American literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research draws on the history and philosophy of science (especially ecology, biology, medicine, and the social sciences), the environmental humanities, and American literature from antebellum to World War I (approx. 1830s – 1914). Writing on these topics and book reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Mississippi Quarterly, Boundary2, symploke, and The Carolina Quarterly. His dissertation centers on vitalism, biopolitics, and discourses of crowd behavior and theory in literature of the long nineteenth century.
As a Teaching Fellow in the English department, Ben teaches courses in composition and rhetoric. He has also taught ENGL 144: Popular Genres, served as a Teaching Assistant for ENGL 268: Literature, Medicine, and Culture, and been a Graduate Research Consultant for ENGL 344: Literature of the American West. Additionally, Ben is a member of the department’s Peer Mentoring Committee, a Research Assistant in UNC’s Music Library, and the Book Review Editor at the The Carolina Quarterly.
- “Not So New Materialism: Homeostasis Revisited” Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology 27.1 (Winter 2019) Forthcoming
- “The Lasting Impressions of Biopower,” Review of Kyla Schuller’s The Biopolitics of Feeling: Race, Sex, and Science in the Nineteenth Century [Duke University Press, 2018] symploke 26.1 (Forthcoming 2018)
- “Exceptional Infidelity: James Dickey’s Deliverance, Film Adaptation, and the Postsouthern”Mississippi Quarterly 69.2 (Spring 2016) [Published Summer 2018]
- “The Universes of Speculative Realism,” Review of Steven Shaviro’s The Universe of Things: On Speculative Realism [University of Minnesota Press, 2014] boundary 2: b2o review (June 1, 2017) Web
- Erika Lindemann Teaching Award in Composition and Literature, 2018
- Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2018
- Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Award (SUTSA), 2017
- Best Graduate Student Essay, South Atlantic MLA (SAMLA), 2016