Ben Moran is a PhD candidate who specializes in Renaissance poetry, ecocriticism and posthumanism. His dissertation examines how sixteenth- and seventeenth-century poets adjudicated different understandings of nonhuman life, including those articulated in works of natural history, husbandry manuals and early scientific treatises.
Moran also maintains interests in philology, classicism, book history and early modern language arts. In 2014, this network of interests led him to participate in the Folger Shakespeare Library’s seminar in research methods and agendas. At the Folger, he studied works of rhetoric and logic and their place in the broader context of early modern England’s educational revolution.