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Associate Teaching Professor in English

Jonathan Benda teaches first-year writing and advanced writing in the disciplines in the Writing Program in the Department of English, mostly working with international and multilingual students. Prior to coming to Northeastern University, he taught at Tunghai University in Taiwan between 1993 and 2011. His teaching and research focus on the rhetorical work done by representations of self and other, particularly in intercultural contexts. He is concerned with finding ways to empower students to see multiple languages and cultures as resources to draw on in their writing and in their interactions with others in the university. Together with scholars from Taiwan and Japan, he is also carrying out archival research on the life and writings of George H. Kerr, a former U.S. diplomat who wrote influential works about Taiwan and Okinawa.


Recipient, 2015 Summer Scholarly Exchange/Travel Grant, Chiu Scholarly Exchange Program for Taiwan Studies, Oregon State University, for “U.S. Wartime Military Intelligence and Postwar Discourse about Taiwan: A Survey of the George H. Kerr Papers at the Taipei 228 Memorial Museum”

  • Education

    PhD in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric, 2011, Syracuse University

  • Contact

  • Address

    417 Lake Hall
    360 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115

  • Office Hours

    Mondays, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Boston Time and by appointment, via Zoom


Course catalog
  • Designed for students whose first or strongest language is not English. Students study and practice writing in a workshop setting; read a range of texts in order to describe and evaluate the choices writers make and apply that knowledge to their own writing; explore how writing functions in a variety of academic, professional, and public contexts; and write for various purposes and audiences in multiple genres and media. Offers students an opportunity to learn how to conduct research using primary and secondary sources and to give and receive feedback, to revise their work, and to reflect on their growth as writers.

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