Ben Fried

Institute of English Studies
School of Advanced Study, University of London
Senate House, Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU

86 Seymour Road
London N8 0BG
+44 7770 739856


British Academy Newton International Fellow
Institute of English Studies, University of London

Visiting Lecturer in Literatures in English
Department of Literatures in English, Cornell University


Fall 2022


Ph.D., English Language and Literature, Cornell University
Guilford Dissertation Prize

M.A., English Language and Literature, Cornell University 2019

MPhil, English Studies, University of Cambridge
Gates Cambridge Scholar

B.A. First Class Honours, English Literature, McGill University
Shakespeare Gold Medal






The Empire of English Literature: Editing the Global Anglophone, 1947-1993

This monograph reshapes the global history of twentieth-century literatures in English by uncovering the editorial networks linking publishing institutions in London and New York to Anglophone writers across five continents. Authors include V. S. Naipaul, Wole Soyinka, Mavis Gallant, Maeve Brennan, Vikram Seth, and Helen Garner. The manuscript is currently under review with Oxford University Press.


“James Baldwin’s Readers: White Innocence and the Reception of ‘Letter from a Region in My Mind,’” African American Review, 55.1 (Spring 2022).

“‘The Most Sympathetic Reader You Can Imagine’: William Maxwell’s New Yorker and the Mid-Century Short Story,” Post45, forthcoming 2024.

“Editing the Global Anglophone: Publishing History as a Framework for the Rising Discipline,” Mapping World Anglophone Studies: English in a World of Strangers, ed. Pavan Malreddy and Frank Schulze-Engler, Routledge, forthcoming 2024.

“Archives of the Air: The BBC Written Archives Centre and Voices of the Global Anglophone,” The Bloomsbury Handbook of Modernist Archives, ed. Jamie Callison, Erik Tonning, and Anna Svendsen, Bloomsbury Academic, forthcoming 2024.

“An Indian Archive in Ithaca: Anglophone Modernism and the Bombay Poets Archive.” Archiv (Special Issue on “Transforming English Studies”), forthcoming 2025.

“The Invented Editor: Fictionality, Faith, and the Eighteenth-Century Novel,” The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, revised and resubmitted 2024.


Co-authored with Gillian Neale, “Penguin Researchers Flock Together,” The Penguin Collector, January 2024.

“Tracked Changes: Looking for Migrant Editors in Publishing Archives,” British Library blog, 18 May 2023,


“A Collective Heroine: Virago and the Making of Pat Barker’s Union Street,” SHARP, July 2024.

“How Postwar Newcomers Remade Literary London,” Invited Talk, University College Dublin, April 2024.

“Migrant Editors and the Precarity of Publisher,” MSA, October 2023.

“Bogle-L’Ouverture and the Rise of Anti-Racist Publishing,” Conference on Publishing Anti- Fascism, University of Reading, September 2023

“Migrant Editors: Exploring Postwar Migration and the Creative Process,” Invited Talk for the British Library Summer Scholars Series, August 2023

“The Rebirth of Granta: Editorial Networks and the Anglophone Short Story,” The Short Story’s Global Dimensions: An International Symposium, June 2023

“The Rise of Penguin India and the Publication of A Suitable Boy,” Penguin Research Network Conference, May 2023.

“Mavis Gallant’s Archives: The Editing of the Linnet Muir Stories,” Panel on “Working in Canadian Literary Archives,” MLA, January 2023.

“The Inside Story: How Editors Shape Books, Institutions, and World Literature,” Public Lecture at Public Works, Ithaca NY, December 2022.

“The Capital Calling: London, Port of Spain, and the Genesis of V. S. Naipaul’s Miguel Street,” Panel on “Caribbean Modernism and the City,” MSA, October 2022.

“Editorial Hospitality, Editorial Hostility: The BBC and Postwar Anglophone Literature,” MLA International Symposium, June 2022.

“Building a Digital Postcolonial Archive: The Case of the Bombay Poets Archive,” Panel on

“Archives of the Global Anglophone,” NeMLA, March 2022 (organizer, chair, speaker).

“Small Press, Global Anglophone: A Material Framework for the Rising Discipline,” Panel on “The Independent Press on a Global Stage,” MLA, January 2022.

“Two Voices: Caribbean Voices and West African Voices Over the Air and On the Page,” Workshop on Colonial and Postcolonial Print Mobilities, University of Newcastle, December 2021.

“Creative Reading and the 20th-Century Literary Editor,” Roundtable on “Readers, Editors, Bookmakers: Creative Reading and Texts in Motion from Early to Modern,” SHARP, July 2021 (organizer and speaker).

“The Penguin Empire: Publishing, Editing, and Reading the Global Anglophone,” Invited Talk at the University of Münster, May 2021.

“The Vulnerability of the Writer-Editor Relationship: Mavis Gallant and The New Yorker,” Cornell EGSO Conference, April 2021.

“Penguin Power: The Rise of Helen Garner and the Fall of McPhee Gribble,” Two-Part Panel on “Anglophone Literature, Anglo-American Institutions,” NeMLA, March 2021 (organizer, chair, speaker).

“Publishing (In)dependence in the Global Anglophone: Clearing House and Penguin India,” Roundtable on “Small Presses, Then and Now,” MLA, January 2021.

“Editorial Power: The New Yorker Beyond American Borders,” SHARP, June 2020 (cancelled due to coronavirus).

“Editing the Global Anglophone: A Material Framework for the Rising Discipline,” GAPS, May 2020, Goethe University Frankfurt (cancelled due to coronavirus).

“A World Magazine: Canadian and Irish Writers in The New Yorker,” Panel on “The Short Story’s Global Dimensions,” ACLA, March 2020 (cancelled due to coronavirus).

“James Baldwin’s Readers: The Publication of ‘Letter from a Region in My Mind,’” Panel on “Black Men, White Publishers,” NeMLA, March 2020.

“The Return of the Novelist: Revision and Henry James’s Late New York Writing,” Panel on “Duality, Doubles and Doppelgänger,” MMLA, November 2019.

“The Editor in Fiction and Fact,” Cornell EGSO Conference, March 2019.


Guilford Essay Prize, Cornell University

Mention of Honor, Darwin T. Turner Award (“best essay overall”), African American Review

Eccles Centre Visiting Fellowship, British Library

Moses Coit Tyler Essay Prize, Cornell University

Grants Program for Digital Collections in Arts and Sciences, Cornell University Library

Picket Summer Grant, Department of Literatures in English, Cornell University

Graduate School Research Travel Grant, Cornell University

Timothy Murray Graduate Travel Grant, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University

Humanities Research Grant, Department of Literatures in English, Cornell University

Cornell English Alumni Research Grant, Department of Literatures in English, Cornell University

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship, Government of Canada

Graduate School Sage Fellowship, Cornell University

Gates Cambridge Scholarship, University of Cambridge

Honorary External Research Studentship, Trinity College, Cambridge

London Goodenough Association of Canada Scholarship, UCL (declined)

International Student Full Tuition Fee Scholarship, University of East Anglia (declined)

Shakespeare Gold Medal, McGill University

Corinne Fay Tabac Memorial Prize in English Literature, McGill University

Mary Coppin Scholarship, McGill University

Elsie Reford Scholarship, McGill University

Lionel Shapiro Award for Achievement in English, McGill University

Universitas 21 Travel Award, McGill University

J.W. McConnell Award, McGill University

























Instructor, English 1111, Diaspora Voices: Writing Across Cultures, Cornell University

Proposed, designed, and taught two sections of this seminar surveying the literary impact of the global Jewish, African, and South Asian diasporas. Students explored their own roots in writing and studied authors such as Susan Sontag, Derek Walcott, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Salman Rushdie, and Jhumpa Lahiri.

Graduate Student School Outreach Program Fellow, Cornell University

Proposed, designed, and will teach a mini-course for high school seniors on “Writing Home: Authors Abroad in the Global Anglophone.” Students read three authors who have migrated across Anglophone cultures, their work recreating the homes they left: Jamaica Kincaid, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Rohinton Mistry. In exploring the wider world of literatures in
English, students build towards writing their own short stories.

Instructor, English 1158, Making a Magazine: The New Yorker and Twentieth-Century Literature, Cornell University

Proposed, designed, and taught this seminar. Students read the twentieth century through The New Yorker while also creating their own magazines over the course of the semester, producing critical essays, investigative reporting, profiles, and short stories. Authors included Hannah Arendt, James Baldwin, Maeve Brennan, Edwidge Danticat, Nadine Gordimer, Jamaica Kincaid, John McPhee, Alice Munro, and Frank O’Connor.

Instructor, English 1134, True Stories: Truth, Lies, and Writing, Cornell University

Designed and taught this seminar. Students explored the varieties of modern and contemporary non-fiction, asking how truth can be arrived at through writing—and how to be true to themselves in their university work. Authors included James Baldwin, Alison Bechdel, Elizabeth Bishop, Penelope Fitzgerald, Robert Lowell, Vladimir Nabokov, and Virginia Woolf.

Instructor, English 1170, Short Stories: Reading into Writing, Cornell University

Designed and taught this seminar. Focusing on the twentieth-century short story, students found points of connection between their writing and reading. They learned how to begin, how to end, how to develop a series of ideas, and how to incorporate other perspectives. Authors included Edwidge Danticat, James Joyce, Alice Munro, V. S. Naipaul, Grace Paley, and Zadie Smith.

Writing Tutor, Cornell Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines

Provided individualized writing support to undergraduate and graduate students.

English Lector, Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier III, France

Taught seminars on “British Literature 1” and “British Literature 2” to to first- and second-year French undergraduates. My courses featured such authors as Virginia Woolf, George Orwell, and Zadie Smith.

English Teacher, Colegio Rural Tresfuentes, Spain

Taught English in three primary schools in rural Spain.

High School Tutor, Frontier College, Montreal

Tutored high school students from impoverished backgrounds in English.

Fall 2022

Spring 2022

Fall 2019

Fall 2018

Fall 2017






Graduate Assistant, Committee on the Future of Scholarly Communications, Cornell University

Conducting and synthesizing research, consulting with stakeholders, drafting the committee’s report on the changing communications landscape.

Editor, Open Book Publishers, Cambridge

Edited manuscripts, designed marketing strategies, drafted grant applications, and worked with a dedicated team at a pioneering OA press.

Report Writer, Centre of Islamic Studies, University of Cambridge

Compiled interviews and discussions, and then drafted a landmark report on Narratives of Conversion to Islam in Britain—Male Perspectives.

Editorial Intern, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Massachusetts

Worked with the media relations team, writing press releases, program notes, newspaper pitches, and other festival materials.

Editorial Intern, Canadian Geographic magazine, Ottawa, Canada

Edited and fact-checked articles, while also writing book reviews.







Principal Investigator, Bombay Poets Archive, Cornell University Library

Leading the digitization of the Bombay Poets Archive, the most important existing archive for the study of later twentieth-century Anglophone Indian poetry. My duties have included securing the grant for this project, selecting the materials, consulting with the poets, and writing the explanatory notes.

Participant, Cornell University Library Graduate Immersion Program

Completed this intensive course on academic research techniques, with a focus on the digital humanities.

Student, Rare Book School, University of Virginia

Trained in “Reading Publishers’ Archives for the Study of the Book.”

Organizer, Global Scholars Symposium, University of Cambridge

Played a key role in organizing this major conference on leadership and social engagement, featuring such figures as the Dalai Lama and uniting the
recipients of major foreign scholarships to Cambridge and Oxford.

Organizer, Trinity College Arts & Humanities Graduate Symposium, University of Cambridge

Coordinated and moderated this symposium for Trinity graduate students.







French (Fluent); Spanish (Advanced); Italian (Intermediate); German (Reading)


Jeremy Braddock, Associate Professor of Literatures in English, Cornell University Email: Telephone: 607-255-2648

Andrew Nash, Reader in Book History and Director of the London Rare Book School, Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London Email:

Andrew Galloway, James John Professor of Medieval Studies and Department Chair, Cornell University Email: Telephone: 607-255-6800

Gregory Londe, Assistant Professor of Literatures in English, Cornell University Email:

Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ, Associate Professor of Literatures in English, Cornell University Email: Telephone: 607-255-4138

Laura Brown, John Wendell Anderson Professor of English, Cornell University Email: Telephone: 607-255-6800

Peter Kalliney, William J. and Nina B. Tuggle Chair in English, University of Kentucky Email: Telephone: 859-257-6964