Ben Grimm came to Deerfield from Harvard University, where he graduated summa cum laude with highest honors in the Comparative Study of Religion with a language citation in Swedish. He graduated first in his class and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. His senior thesis entitled “Being Muslim, Becoming Swedish” explored how Muslims in Sweden challenge secular conceptions of nationality through two years of ethnographic fieldwork and was awarded the prestigious Hoopes Prize. In addition to secularism, Ben’s academic interests include South Asian folk practice, devotional poetry, and American paganism.
Outside the classroom, Ben is a musical theater performer, dancer, and photographer: at Harvard, he appeared in numerous productions and premiered an original one-man cabaret. He is thrilled to be joining Deerfield’s thriving arts scene while serving as a Teaching Fellow. Ben is from a small town called Canandaigua, New York, which despite its rurality endowed him with no ability to handle the outdoors.