M.A. and Ph.D. English, Johns Hopkins University
B.A. (Highest Honors) English and Cultural Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill
Before joining the English department at Haverford, Benjamin was a Society Fellow at Cornell University’s Society for the Humanities. He earned his Ph.D. in English Literature from Johns Hopkins University, and his B.A. with Highest Honors in English and Cultural Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Benjamin Parris works on early modern literature and the histories of philosophy and science. He is currently finishing his first book, Vital Strife: Sleep, Insomnia and Early Modern Sensation. It traces competing logics of care in representations of sleep and sleeplessness from the classical world to 16th and 17th-century England, arguing that the physiological and affective life of insomnia becomes an increasing concern for the care of bodies in the early modern period. He is also at work on a second book project investigating teleological naturalism and the roots of political economy in early modern thought. His essays on sleep and early modern literature have been published or are forthcoming in Shakespeare Studies, Modern Philology, and SEL: Studies in English Literature.