Honors Program

Benjamin Bertram Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English

Office Location

418 Luther Bonney



Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 1997
  • MA, University of California, San Diego, 1994
  • BA, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1989


Benjamin Bertram is Associate Professor of English at the University of Southern Maine. His areas of interest include sixteenth and seventeenth-century English literature and culture, Shakespeare, early modern studies, ecocriticism, animal studies, film studies, and critical theory. His most recent book, Bestial Oblivion: War, Humanism, and Ecology in Early Modern England, was published in June of 2018. The book is part of a series for Routledge entitled  “Perspectives on the Nonhuman.” His publications include articles in the Routledge Handbook on Shakespeare and Animals (forthcoming), Modern PhilologyEnglish Literature, Exemplaria, and boundary 2. His first book, The Time is Out of Joint: Skepticism in Shakespeare’s England, appeared in 2004. 

In the Honors Program, he teaches HON 202: Robots, Cyborgs, and Artificial Intelligence.