Department of English

Benjamin Bertram

Professor of English
Ben Bertram

Office Location

418 Luther Bonney Hall, Portland

Faculty Office Hours Fall 2022

MW 11:15-12:15, 2:15-3:15 pm and by appointment.



Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Literature, University of California, San Diego, 1997
  • M.A., Literature, University of California, San Diego, 1994
  • B.A., Literature,University of California, Santa Cruz, 1989


Benjamin Bertram is Professor of English at the University of Southern Maine. His areas of interest include sixteenth and seventeenth-century English literature and culture, Shakespeare, ecocriticism, animal studies, science fiction, film studies, and critical theory. His most recent publications include “Richard of Gloucester’s Elemental Thinking: Water and Sovereignty in Shakespeare’s First Tetralogy” in Watery Thinking: Water and Cognition in Early Modern European Culture (Forthcoming, Amsterdam University Press); “Shakespeare and Creaturely Violence” in the Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Animals (Routledge Press, 2021); “Posthumous Community: Erasmus and the Dung Beetle” in Criticism 62:3 (2020), and his second monograph, Bestial Oblivion: War, Humanism, and Ecology in Early Modern England (Routledge Press, 2018).

Research Interests

Early modern studies, Shakespeare, 16th & 17th c. English literature, critical theory, and cultural studies