Ben Wiebracht

English Instructor

Ph.D., Stanford University

Ben Wiebracht earned his Ph.D. in English from Stanford in 2015 and has taught at the University since then in a variety of capacities. He recently served as a lecturer in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric, and continues to teach classes on nineteenth-century authors for Stanford Continuing Studies. His doctoral research focused on the evolution of love stories in English literature from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century. Since then his work has concentrated on the Victorian period, in particular on the Victorians’ complex attitudes toward religious doubt.

Here at Stanford OHS, Dr. Wiebracht has taught many of the courses that comprise the HS English curriculum, including Literary Analysis and Argumentation, Modes of Writing and Argumentation, and AP English Language and Composition. He also teaches an Advanced Topics course on Love Stories.

Outside work, Dr. Wiebracht enjoys board-gaming, hiking, and cheering heartily for the Golden State Warriors, but only if it is the fourth quarter and they have a sizable lead. He and his wife live in San Jose.


“First-Cousin Marriage in Tudor and Stuart England: 1540-1688,” Journal of Family History 40.1 (Jan 2015): 24-38.

“The Vile Conclusion: Crises of Resolution in Shakespeare’s Love Plots,” Shakespeare 12.3 (Sept 2016): 241-259.

“Love in the Time of Chartism: Ideology and Romance in the Victorian Social-Problem Novel” (forthcoming in Nineteenth Century Studies).

“Adonis in Fairyland: The Hazards of Boyhood in A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (forthcoming in Shakespeare).