Ben V.


Until recently, Ben has been a Teaching Fellow at Columbia University, where he earned a PhD in English with a concentration on Shakespearean drama and economic history. In more than five years as an instructor at Columbia, Ben was repeatedly honored for teaching and mentorship. Not only does he have scholarly articles published or forthcoming from leading academic journals, he led an award-winning section of Columbia's famous Literature/Humanities course, which has been setting the bar for American surveys of the humanities for more than a hundred years. Ben is the recipient of Mellon fellowships for interdisciplinary research in the humanities/social sciences (INCITE) as well as public outreach (MLA), and has been a part of selecting graduate candidates with Columbia's GSAS Office of Academic Diversity. 

Before coming to Columbia, Ben taught high school algebra in St. Louis with Teach For America, and holds a BA from the University of Michigan, where he graduated magna cum laude in English Literature and Economics. 

Ben is passionate about helping students learn to write stronger essays, to have more confidence in themselves and their arguments, and to think about literature more analytically. He has guided and edited successful applications to Harvard Law School, Michigan Medical School, Princeton PhD programs and Stanford Business School. His range as a tutor is considerable: he looks forward to strengthening high-schoolers' general essay-writing; tutoring literature from Homer, through Shakespeare, to Toni Morrison; and to helping college and graduate students take their critical thinking up a notch through writing and argumentation.

Education & Qualifications
  • Columbia University, PhD in English and Comparative Literature
  • Columbia University, MPhil in English and Comparative Literature
  • Columbia University, MA in English and Comparative Literature
  • University of Michigan, BA in English
  • University of Michigan, BA in Economics
  • English & Literature
  • Expository Writing & the Essay
  • Admissions Coaching