MICHAEL Y. BENNETT is Associate Professor of English and affiliated faculty in Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he teaches courses on modern drama.
He is the author of five books that explore the intersection of theatre studies, philosophy, and history: Analytic Philosophy and the World of the Play (Foreword by Marvin Carlson; Afterword by James R. Hamilton, Routledge, 2017); The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre and Literature of the Absurd (Cambridge University Press, Hb/Pb 2015); Narrating the Past through Theatre (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012); Words, Space, and the Audience (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012/Pb 2016); and Reassessing the Theatre of the Absurd (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011/Pb 2013).
He is also the editor of five collections of essays on modern drama: Philosophy and Oscar Wilde (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017); Edward Albee and Absurdism (Brill, 2017); Oscar Wilde’s Society Plays (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015); with Benjamin D. Carson, Eugene O'Neill's One-Act Plays (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012/Pb 2014); and Refiguring Oscar Wilde’s Salome (Rodopi, 2011).
In addition to serving on the Advisory Boards of Comparative Drama and the Journal of American Drama and Theatre; as an Associate Editor of Palgrave Communications; and on the Board of Directors of The Edward Albee Society; he is the Series Editor of New Perspectives in Edward Albee Studies. In Spring 2014, he was a UW System Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities, and was the recipient of the 2015 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Outstanding Research Award.