Professor of English
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Ben Click, professor of English and director of the Mark Twain Lecture Series on American Humor and Culture, has taught at St. Mary’s College of Maryland for the last 25 years, and has been teaching in higher education since 1981. He has taught over 30 different courses in his career—courses in rhetoric and poetics, southern literature, American humor, Mark Twain, and all varieties of writing courses. He was the recipient of the 2014 Norton L. Dodge Award for Excellence in Teaching. Click has published articles, book chapters and book reviews on American humor, Mark Twain, and writing as well as a book-length study of Charlie Chaplin, “Refocusing Chaplin: A Screen Icon in Critical Contexts” (2013) with Larry Howe and Jim Caron. He has presented over 50 professional conference papers. In December 2023, he completed a five-year term as editor of The Mark Twain Annual. During that time, Click produced two Twain symposia for the Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College in Elmira, New York.