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.
Awards and Honors
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”