Benjamin graduated summa cum laude with a 3.95 GPA from NYU, where his senior thesis earned him the Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Academic Achievement Award. Benjamin was also student editor of Mercer Street, a collection of NYU’s best undergraduate writing, and a writing tutor at NYU’s Expository Writing Program. The summer before his senior year, Benjamin traveled to Yangon, Myanmar on the Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights, where he researched and volunteered with Colors Rainbow, the country’s first LGBT rights organization and magazine. There, he taught his colleagues English, learned Burmese, and interviewed scholars, activists, and international development workers about Myanmar’s flourishing LGBT rights movement.
Benjamin has had copious experience as a tutor and an English instructor. After NYU, Benjamin taught English at his alma mater, Phillips Academy Andover, as part of Andover’s Teaching Fellowship program. He designed and taught two sophomore compositional writing courses, in which students worked individually and collaboratively to develop structural, formal, and technical skills. Benjamin also co-directed Andover’s Writing Center, where he oversaw 12 student writing tutors, and tutored many students himself. Benjamin also guest-taught two senior seminars—one on cultural criticism, the other on LGBT rights. In addition to teaching, Benjamin coached cross country, track, and served on the advisory board for Andover’s Brace Center for Gender Studies, the only center of its kind at the secondary school level.
In his spare time, Benjamin explores New York City’s many museums, sips coffee at its copious cafes, and saunters along the West Side Highway, watching the sun descend over the Jersey City skyline. If not at his desk, he can usually be sighted perusing the Strand Bookstore’s basement shelves, though recently he has migrated upwards, from nonfiction to fiction.