Benjamin Hansberry, Ph.D.
Assistant Director for Graduate Student Teaching
Ben Hansberry joined the Teaching + Learning Lab in 2018. He directs the Teaching Development Fellows Network, coordinates and teaches in the Kaufman Teaching Certificate Program, and designs and facilitates other programming to advance graduate student teaching at MIT.
Ben holds a Ph.D. in Music Theory from Columbia University and Bachelors degrees in Music and Philosophy from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. While at Columbia he worked in the Center for Teaching Learning (CTL) under three graduate fellowships. At the CTL he designed and facilitated workshops and other programming for the music department and the University overall, lead graduate student breakout grougs in the Reflective Teaching Seminar, and helped to oversee the work of Lead Teaching Fellows. Highlights from his workshops include a new TA training program and resource website for the music department and a university-wide graduate learning community studying how to use roleplay to create an inclusive classroom.
While living in New York he also taught music theory, history, and appreciation at Columbia, Fordham University, Mannes Conservatory, and NYU. His music research explores how conceptualization of music informs analysis and criticism, how music theorists engage musical experience in and through formal analyses, and how to understand and adjudicate analytical disagreements. Ben’s research is highly interdisciplinary drawing on musicology and theory, meta-ethics, philosophy of mind, and cognitive science.
Before coming to MIT, Ben worked as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. While at Bates he was involved with the Faculty Development Commons and founded a faculty learning community that explored how to deploy theories of game design in college curriculum.