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. In addition, Click has published articles, book chapters and book reviews 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. He currently serves as the editor of The Mark Twain Annual and as an editorial board member for Studies in American Humor.