Benjamin Arenstein is a PhD student in Hebrew Language and Literature. His research examines the relationship between multilingualism and cannon formation in 20th century Mizrahi fiction. At the University of Chicago, Benjamin is a Foreign Language Area Studies scholar in Russian and coordinates the Jewish Studies Workshop. In 2018, he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Uzbekistan. Benjamin holds bachelor’s degrees from the Jewish Theological Seminary in Jewish Literature and Columbia University in History.