Ben graduated from the University of Cambridge with a PhD in English in 2010, where he stayed on for a further two years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Faculty of English. He is now a lecturer at the Western Sydney University and a member of their renowned Writing and Society Research Centre. He has two books coming out in 2017: Literary Primitivism, which will be published with Stanford University Press, and the Cambridge Companion to World Literature, which he is co-editing. From 2017-19 he will be working on an ARC Discovery Project 'Other Worlds', which will see him collaborating directly with highly regarded Australian writers including J.M. Coetzee and Alexis Wright. His work on creole poetics takes him regularly to the Caribbean, and he is a regular contributor to the Sydney Review of Books.