Benjamin Gillespie is a full-time professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Baruch College, City University of New York, where he specializes in gender and media studies, performance and theatre studies, and professional communication. He completed his Ph.D. in Theatre & Performance Studies at The Graduate Center, CUNY. His dissertation was awarded the 2022 Monette-Horwitz Dissertation Prize from CLAGS: Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies. His research explores the intersection of aging, gender, and sexual identity in modern and contemporary theatre and drama. He is currently editing a critical anthology of the New York-based, lesbian-feminist theatre company, Split Britches, based on his dissertation research, and an edited collection titled Late Stage: Theatrical Perspectives on Age and Aging.