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 the Washington University in St. Louis in 2014. Following the completion of his degree he came to UNCG where he is excited to teach 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. In this vein, his dissertation argues that the representation of masculinity as unstable is historically meaningful in that it corresponds to a destabilization of the Habsburgs’ political hegemony that creates the possibility of competing political systems. Alongside his teaching, Ben is currently preparing a couple article-length projects.