Benjamin Davis

Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of German, Director of Undergraduate Studies in German



Ph.D., Germanic Languages and Literatures, Washington University in St. Louis
M.A., Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Curriculum Vitae

Research/ Teaching Interests

  • 17th-century German drama
  • Pre-1750 German literature and culture
  • Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Theories of Masculinity
  • Language Teaching and Pedagogy

Personal Statement

Benjamin (Ben) Davis received his Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014. Following the completion of his degree he came to UNCG where he teaches all levels of German language, literature, and culture. His dissertation, “Masculinity and Politics in Daniel Casper von Lohenstein’s Dramatic Works” investigates how the staging of gender in Lohenstein’s historical dramas serves as commentary on the political realities facing seventeenth-century Silesia. Recently he has worked on several article-length projects and conference presentations that explore the transgressive potential of queer subjectivities vis-à-vis social and political hegemony in early modern Silesian drama. Along with his dissertation, this work is part of his larger book project: Challenging Empire: The Transgressive Power of the “Queer” in Early Modern Silesian Drama.

Recent Publication

  • “Female Masculinity and Strategies of Resistance in Daniel Casper von Lohenstein’s Epicharis and Cleopatra,” Neophilologus (2016) 100:257-274.