Benjamin Reiss

Benjamin Reiss is Samuel Candler Dobbs professor and chair of the English department at Emory University. His most recent book is Wild Nights: How Taming Sleep Created Our Restless World (Basic Books, 2017). He is also the author of Theaters of Madness: Insane Asylums and Nineteenth-Century American Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2008) and The Showman and the Slave: Race, Death, and Memory in Barnum’s America (Harvard University Press, 2001). His website is