Benjamin Zender

Undergraduate Discipline


BA Syracuse University. MA, University of Massachusetts and Northwestern University. PhD, Northwestern University. Zender is a multidisciplinary teacher, researcher, and performer who explores why we collect, care for, and publicly exhibit objects. In their current research, they collect stories of queer, trans, and women of color archivists who curate grassroots archives. This work showcases libraries, museums, and archives as key sites for understanding how marginalized communities build knowledge, history, and community in a world that is ambivalent about their survival. They join SLC as a Public Humanities Fellow, developing public workshops, exhibits, and events with the Yonkers Public Library. SLC, 2023–