Tabitha Benitez

Tabitha Benitez

BA in French Language and Literature, Stony Brook University

Second year MA candidate

Before accepting a Graduate Assistantship at St. John’s University Tabitha spent a year in a Parisian high school instructing native French speakers English grammar and composition. Upon her return to the United States, Tabitha decided to redirect her academic interests from a decade long focus on French literature to the Anglophone, Hispanophone and Francophone diasporas. As a result, Tabitha has also developed an interest in racial and ethnic identities as well as the systematic whitewashing that is prevelant in the canonical works of her past French studies.

At St. John’s University, Tabitha plans to explore the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, gender and the university in a global context. She hopes to pursue a long career in academia wherein she may be able to unteach the white literary canon and provide a safe space for students of all backgrounds where all are included and well represented.

Tabitha was also co-coordinator of the 2018 St. John’s University English Conference and is the 2018-2019 English Department blog master.