Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Ben is a first-year graduate student in French and Francophone studies at Penn State University. He is interested in studying art, specifically music and literature, as a place of memory and a tool for managing trauma in addition to the ways in which music reflects and informs the creation of hybrid identities in post-colonial Francophone cultures. Ben is graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where he majored in French and Computer Science with a minor in Music. Ben was the director of The Colby Eight, an all-male a cappella group at Colby, and served as President of the Colby Cycling Club as well. In his free time Ben enjoys riding his bike, running, swimming, snowboarding, sailing and hiking as well as writing and producing music with his friends.