Ben Pokross is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the English department, where he focuses on early and nineteenth-century American literature. A graduate of the University of Chicago, his dissertation examines material and textual forms that developed in response to the nineteenth-century anxieties about cultural and environmental disappearance. He has served as a teaching fellow for multiple courses in the English department and has taught two sections of Yale’s introductory writing course. In addition to his role in the English department, he has taught combat veterans through the Warrior-Scholar Project and worked with Yale undergraduates as a writing partner. As a McDougal Graduate Teaching Fellow, he is interested in leading conversations about pedagogical research and its applications in the classroom.