Benjamin Mier-Cruz

Credentials: Nordic

Position title: Assistant Professor

Pronouns: they/them


Office Number: 1304 Van Hise Hall

Language(s): Swedish, German

Research/Language Interests: Modern Scandinavian literature and film; transgender studies; queer theory; critical race theory; Scandinavian writers and filmmakers of color, Swedish language and pedagogy.

About: Benjamin Mier-Cruz received their PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and taught at the University of Oregon before joining GNS+. Benjamin’s main research interests are modern Scandinavian literature and film with a focus on writers and filmmakers of color and intersectional representations of gender, sexuality, and race. They are additionally interested in  transgender studies, queer theory, black feminist theory, and German literature and film. Their recent journal articles include “Brown Eyed Boy: Narrating Internalized Oppression and Misogynoir in Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s Everything I Don’t Remember” and the co-authored “Dracula or Draculitz? Translational Forgery and Bram Stoker’s ‘Lost Version’ of Dracula.” Their current book project is about contemporary representations of non-whiteness in Swedish visual culture. Benjamin is also a translator.

• University of California, Berkeley, PhD in Scandinavian Languages & Literatures
• University of California, Berkeley, MA in Scandinavian Languages & Literatures
• Arizona State University, BA in German