Ben Grimm came to Deerfield from Harvard University, where he graduated first in his class, summa cum laude with highest honors in the Comparative Study of Religion with a language citation in Swedish. His senior thesis, entitled “Being Muslim, Becoming Swedish,” explored how Muslims in Sweden challenge secular conceptions of national belonging using two years of fieldwork and was awarded the prestigious Hoopes Prize. In addition to secularism, Ben’s academic interests include South Asian folklore and American paganism.
Outside the classroom, Ben is a singer, dancer, actor, photographer, and drag queen. At Harvard, he appeared in numerous productions and premiered a one-man cabaret. He is thrilled to be a part of Deerfield’s thriving arts scene. Ben is from a small town called Canandaigua, New York, which despite its rurality endowed him with no ability to handle the outdoors.
Ben was previously engaged to Miss Piggy, though they split for professional reasons.