Benjamin Ferguson is currently a Humanities teacher at Carolina Academy in Greenville, South Carolina, USA. He was previously Maître de langue at École normale supérieure de Lyon in France and Secretary of Media Diffusion / Webmaster for SELVA (Société d'étude de la littérature de voyage du monde anglophone).
Benjamin received his PhD from Université Paris-Saclay / Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in November of 2020, entitled "Rethinking the Last Frontier: Anglophone travel literature about Alaska in the 20th and 21st centuries – writing, ethics and environmental responsibility." His thesis is focused on the responsibilities required of writers moving through Alaska, how they choose to discuss environmental themes and Native peoples, and the ethics of choices to omit those themes. The primary writers discussed are Peter Matthiessen, John McPhee, Barry Lopez, Tom Lowenstein, Jonathan Raban, and Nancy Lord. Benjamin's Arctic-themed publications are: "Alaska Native Animal Love, in Nancy Lord's Beluga Days," "Ethics of Last Frontier Foodscapes: Creating Environmental Solidarity in Alaska's Diverse Communities through its Culinary Habits, in Julia O'Malley's The Whale and The Cupcake," and "Kaleidoscopic Cook: shifting legacies explored in Barry Lopez' Horizon."
A comprehensive list of his publications can be found at his personal web site: http://benjaminkferguson.weebly.com. Benjamin's research interests are Arctic Studies, Travel Writing, Environmental Studies, and Native Studies.
Benjamin Ferguson is Assistant Editor of the book series “Arctic Humanities” published by Brill.