Cortney Banjamin

Assistant Professor of Spanish

Cortney Benjamin teaches Spanish language and Hispanic literature and culture courses. She specializes in the early modern period, and her research interests include women’s writing, travel narratives, Golden Age Spanish theatre, and the works of Miguel de Cervantes. Her current project examines the travel narratives in Part I of Don Quijote in relation to gender norms and the rhetoric of honor in 17th-century Spain. Prior to joining the faculty at UMF in the Fall of 2020, she taught at the University of Akron, where she enjoyed helping students reflect on their own cultures, personal experiences, and communities through contact with other perspectives and cultures both abroad and at home.


  • 2016 PhD University of Iowa
  • 2011 MA University of Iowa
  • 2009 BA Tulane University
Cortney Benjamin - Assistant Professor of Spanish