M. Renee Benham

Curriculum Vitae

M. Renee Benham

Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701 | Lindley S238 | mb371711@ohio.edu | mreneebenham.com


Doctorate in English, Ohio University                                                                               2017

Dissertation: Beyond Nightingale: The Transformation of Nursing in Victorian and World War I Literature

Master of Arts in English Literature, Wright State University                                        2012

Bachelor of Arts in English, Denison University                                                            2007


Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellowship, Ohio University, Athens.                       2017-2018

Associate Instructor, Ohio University, Athens.                                                   2012-2017

Academic Instructor, Kids in College, Ohio University, Lancaster                              2017

Instructor, American Red Cross, Dayton, Ohio                                                    2010-2012

Services Coordinator, American Red Cross, Ashland, Ohio                             2007-2010


Forthcoming: “The Cost of Efficiency in Great War Nursing Literature.” Medicine and What It Means to Be Human, Ed. by Lesa Scholl, Routledge.

Benham, Renee. “The Evil Within: Why Voldemort is More Terrifying than Sauron to a Modern Audience.” Magic Is Might July 23-24, 2012: Proceedings of the International Conference. Eds. Ciolfi, L. and O’Brien, G. Sheffield. UK: Sheffield Hallam University, 2013. 25-31.

Goff, Renee. “I Minotaur, You Theseus” Articulate: A Journal of Literary Criticism 12. Granville, Ohio: Denison University, 2007. 7-25. Print.


  • John Cady Research Fellowship, Ohio University Graduate College, 2015-2016. (A $15,000 Named Fellowship awarded by Ohio University to finish my dissertation without a service requirement.)
  • Ohio University English Department Summer Scholarship, 2016. (A competitive $2,000 grant funding travel to London for archival research at the Imperial War Museum, British Red Cross, and British Library.)
  • Nominee for the PEO Scholar Award, 2015. (A competitive award for women in the United States and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral-level degree. PEO is a philanthropic organization for the advancement of women scholars.)
  • Ohio University Graduate Student Senate Original Work Grant, 2015-16 ($700 grant for travel to Harvard University Medical Library for archival research)
  • Ohio University English Department Travel Grant, Dec. 2015 ($300 grant for travel to Cornell University for archival research)
  • Earl and Margaret Shively Scholarship, 2015 ($1385 scholarship awarded to the PhD Literature student who has made the most progress going into his/her fourth year)
  • Ohio University English Department Travel Grants, 2012-17 ($1,850 grant for travel to multiple conferences)
  • Emily Tice Award Honorable Mention, 2013 (The Emily Tice Award is given to the best student seminar paper for that year)
  • Wright State University Graduate Student Assembly Grant for Professional Development, 2012 (Grant for conference travel to Limerick, Ireland)
  • Robert T. Wilson Award for Scholarly Writing, 2007 (First place winner of the yearly Denison essay competition)


Ohio University (Athens, Ohio)

Instructor of Record

  • ENG 2010: Introduction to Fiction and Nonfiction: There and Back Again (2 sections)
    • Introductory prose survey in which students learn close-reading and analysis as they follow themes of adventure and identity through Voltaire’s Candide, Haggard’s King Solomon’s Mines, Tolkien’s The Hobbit, and Lansing’s Endurance, among other texts.
  • ENG 3060J: Women and Writing in World War I (online) (1 section)
    • Junior-level composition course for nursing students in which we examine the negotiation of sympathy and efficiency in World War I nursing memoirs and examine the connections within the profession today.
  • ENG 3080J: Writing and Rhetoric II: Sherlock Holmes past and present (2 sections)
    • Junior-level composition and rhetoric course in which we examine the original Sherlock Holmes stories, critical essays, and several adaptations, particularly the BBC Sherlock.
  • ENG 1510: Writing and Rhetoric I: Sherlock Holmes (1 section)
    • Freshman-level composition and rhetoric course in which we learn textual and visual analysis by examining The Sign of Four and a recent adaptation. Students also learn academic research by solving a Victorian mystery.
  • ENG 1510: Writing and Rhetoric I: The Rhetoric of Violence (6 sections)
    • Freshman-level composition and rhetoric course. Texts include Reading Rhetorically and multiple articles and video-essays regarding violence in our culture.
  • ENG 1510: Writing and Rhetoric I: Writing about Writing (3 sections)
    • Freshman-level course meant to provide practice in composing and revising expository essays through exploring the rhetoric writing itself. Texts include Writing about Writing and accompanying Reading about Writing.

Teaching Assistant 

  • ENG 3140: Love, Loss, and Recovery in British Literature, 1798-1928 (1 section)
    • Multi-level course studies nineteenth-century British poetry and prose with particular emphasis on literary expressions of love, loss, and recovery.
  • ENG 3070J: Writing and Research in English Studies (1 section)
    • Junior-level writing course for English Majors focuses on crafting well-organized, coherent, and effective essays. Texts include Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion.
  • Combined ENG 4640/3140/2010: Victorian Literature in London Literature Course (study abroad program) (Summer 2014)
    • This five-week study abroad program in London included a course on Victorian literature and culture. Our primary text was Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend. 
  • Combined ENG 3850/9080J/3070J: Victorian Literature in London Writing Course (study abroad program) (Summer 2014)
    • This five-week study abroad program in London included a junkie-level writing course designed to provide practice writing expository essays.

Ohio University (Lancaster, Ohio)

  • Literature for Muggles
    • This week-long course introduced 4th-9th graders to literary concepts by reading together Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
  • Art of Persuasion
    • This week-long course introduced 4th-9th graders to Fake News, Argument, and Rhetoric.
  • Detective Fiction
    • This week-long course introduced 4th-9th graders to detective fiction and Sherlock Holmes.


“Hard like Machinery: Sacrificing Humanity in Detective and Medical Fictions.”  Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS) in Philadelphia, PA; March 2017

“Next to Godliness: The Social Networking of the Ladies’ Sanitary Association.”  North-American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA) in Phoenix, Arizona; November 2016

“’A far too common delusion’: The Shifty Nature of Nursing”  Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS) in Asheville, North Carolina; March 2016

“The Construction of Ignorance in Victorian Nursing”  Northeast Modern Language Association 46th Annual Convention in Toronto, Ontario; April 2015

“Female Mobility Through “Charitable” Nursing in Victorian London” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS) in Atlanta, Georgia; April 2015

“Female Mobility Through “Charitable” Nursing in Victorian London” Chestnut Reading Series in Ohio University Alden Library; November 2014

“Nursing Beyond Nightingale: A Study of the Representation of Nurses in Literature from 1830-1930.”Northeast Modern Languages Association 45th Annual Convention in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; April 2014

“Gender Duality and Physics in Virginia Woolf’s Orlando.41st Annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900 in Louisville, Kentucky; February 2013.        

“The Evil Within: Why Voldemort is More Terrifying than Sauron to a Modern Audience.” Magic is Might 2012: An International Conference Exploring the Cultural Influences of the Harry Potter Books in Limerick, Ireland; July 2012

“Destroying the Horcrux in Each of Us: Freudian Repression and Desire in Harry Potter.” Miami University English Graduate Student and Adjunct Association (MEGAA) Symposium; March 2012.

“The Increased Subordination and Social Acceptance of Hired Nurses before Florence Nightingale.” Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality Symposium at Wright State University; February 2012

“’There is No Good and Evil, Only Power and Those Too Weak to Seek It’: An Analysis of the Cross-Generational Characteristics of Lord Voldemort from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series.” 2011 Potterwatch Conference at University of North Carolina, Charlotte; October 2011

“I Minotaur, You Theseus: An Examination of the Postmodern Text “The Garden of Forking Paths” by Jorge Luis Borges as a Symbol for Metafiction.” Composing Spaces: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference at the University of Cincinnati; May 2011

“Freedom in Impropriety: A Feminist Analysis of the Definition of Respectability in Monica Ali’s Brick Lane.” Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality Symposium at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; February 2011


Founder and Chair, Perfecting Pedagogical Practices conference, 2015-2016

A pedagogy conference for Ohio University graduate students to share and learn best practices for teaching undergraduates.

Vice-Chair, Perfecting Pedagogical Practices conference, 2016-2017

Faculty Advisor, Perfecting Pedagogical Practices conference, 2017-Present


Mentor, Ohio First Scholars, 2017-Present

Organizer, First-year graduate student mentor program, 2016-2017

Mentor, Ohio University Women’s Program, 2016-2017

PhD representative on English Department Graduate Committee, Fall 2015-Spring 2016

Reader, Parlor Literary Journal, Spring 2016-Present

Invited Panel Member. “Creating and Managing a Web Presence for Academic and Professional Benefit.” ENG 7770: Colloquium on the Profession. Ohio University. Nov. 18, 2016.

Invited Presentation. “Understanding Financial Issues as a TA.” New TA Orientation. Fall 2016.

Invited Panel Member. “Making the Most out of Academic Conferences.” ENG 7770: Colloquium on the Profession of English. Nov. 20, 2015.

Invited Presentation. “Student Grading and Evaluation with the Grading System.” Teaching Assistant Orientation. Fall 2015.

Invited Presentation. “Student Grading: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Grading Contract.” OU Teaching Assistant Orientation. Fall 2014.

Invited Presentation. “Classroom Safety Training: What to do in case of emergency, lockdown, and first-person shooter.” ENG 7910 – Pedagogy and Professionalization. Fall 2013.


Reading Volunteer, Lancaster After School Program, Summer 2017

Reading Tutor, Tallmadge Elementary, Lancaster, Ohio, 2016-2017


  • Digital and New Media
  • Website design
  • Archival research and digitization


  • North American Victorian Studies Association
  • Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Association
  • Northeast Modern Language Association
  • Modern Language Association


Dr. Joseph McLaughlin, Associate Professor of Literature, Ohio University | 740-593-2752 | mclaughj@ohio.edu

Dr. Linda Zionkowski, Professor of Literature, Ohio University | 740-597-2749 | zionkows@ohio.edu

Dr. Carey Snyder, Associate Professor of Literature, Ohio University | 740-597-9937 | snyderc3@ohio.edu

Dr. Mara Holt, Associate Professor of English and Director of Composition | 74-597-2797 | holt@ohio.edu