Jonathan Benda

Lecturer in English
education Ph.D., Syracuse
Mailing address 405 LA
360 Huntington Avenue,
Boston, MA 02115

Jonathan Benda is a lecturer in the Writing Program in the Department of English where he teaches first-year writing and advanced writing in the disciplines, mostly to 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 also 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. With Neal Lerner, Chris Gallagher, Matt Noonan, and Kristi Girdharry, he is currently conducting research to examine the writing experiences of undergraduate multilingual students at Northeastern.

Selected Publications

“Difficult Writing: Representation and Responsibility in Narratives of Cross-Cultural Encounters,” in Intercultural Communication Studies


“Empathy and Its Others: The Voice of Asia, A Pail of Oysters, and the Empathetic Writing of Formosa,” in Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies