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Benjamin Firgens

Benjamin Firgens

Graduate Assistant in Communication Arts and Sciences

316 Sparks Building
University Park , PA 16802


  1. B.A., Ripon College, 2014
  2. M.A., Penn State University, 2016
  3. Ph.D., Penn State University, anticipated 2020

Benjamin Firgens studies rhetorical influences on the reciprocal relationship between publics, technology, and social imagination. His current research focuses on how technologies diffuse into society through debates about those technologies’ meaning and purpose. His master’s thesis examined 20th-century debates over aviation’s possibilities and liabilities, and how those debates settled the vocabulary with which Americans imagine and use human flight. He has taught or TA'd CAS100A, 100C, 175, and 201.

Advisor: Dr. Stephen H. Browne