William Benner, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

English, Speech & Foreign Languages

William Benner, Ph.D.


CFO 910


My research focuses on the recent artistic productions by the post-dictatorship generation in Argentina and how these works relate to ethical and theoretical challenges in human rights activism. My articles "El documental sin fin: filmar al desaparecido," published in Archivos de la Filmoteca (Oct. 2017), and "Blogging Disappearance in Diario de una princesa montonera by Mariana Eva Perez," published in Chasqui: revista de literatura Latinoamericana (May 2018), examine how feedback loops created between the reader and the author encourage memory entrepreneurship. In doing so, my scholarship sheds light on how the post-dictatorship generation has developed strong inter-generational and horizontal modes of transmission of memory that do not privilege victims of state terror.


Ph.D., Spanish and Portuguese, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
M.A., Spanish, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
B.S., Psychology, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

Research Interests

Memory Politics; Human Rights Activism in the Southern Cone; Post-Dictatorship Literature and Film; Women's Studies in Latin America

Latest Articles

Blogging Disappearance in Diario de una princesa montonera by Mariana Eva Perez
Chasqui; Revista de literatura Latinoamericana (2018)
William R Benner

El documental sin fin: filmar al desaparecido
Archivos de la Filmoteca (2017)
William R Benner

Current Projects

I am currently working on an article about Jewish activism during the last dictatorship in Argentina, I have a book chapter about performative landscapes in Chilean cinema, and I plan on applying for a federal grant, the International and Foreign Language Education Program, in order to develop a Spanish major at TWU.

Externally Funded Projects

Marshall T. Meyer Research Travel Grant
Human Rights Archive at Duke University | $500.00 | 2018
Role: Principal Investigator

Summer Research Fellow
GOV-Department of Education (DE) | $3,000.00 | 2018
Role: Principal Investigator

Internally Funded Projects

Proposal Development Grant Program Spring 2019 Release
$10,000.00 | 2019
Research Grant