Benjamin Robertson
Assistant Professor

Office: OB1 S262

Ben Robertson's research and teaching focus on genre fiction, especially fantasy and weird fiction, and, more recently, on franchise, aesthetic form, and contemporary capitalism . His writing has appeared in ConfigurationsScience Fiction StudiesAmodernThe Journal for the Fantastic in the ArtsExtrapolation, and Music, Sound, and the Moving Image, among other places. He has published book chapters on Watchmen; music, networks, and terrorism; and imaginary worlds. With Marie-Laure Ryan and Lori Emerson he has edited The Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media. His first book, None of this is normal: The Fiction of Jeff VanderMeer, was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2018. With Gerry Canavn of Marquette University he edits a book series for Minnesota, Mass Markets: Studies in Franchise Culture. He is currently writing a short book on the recent Lucasfilm/Disney+ show Andor, which will serve as a preliminary study for a longer engagement with the franchise form in a future book project.

Areas of Specialty

  • Modern and Contemporary Literature
  • Popular Culture, Film, Digital Media