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Stefanie Benjamin

Assistant Professor of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management, University of Tennessee

My research agenda lies within the nexus of social equity and critical tourism scholarship exploring marginalized populations’ lived experiences and counter-narratives. I’m interested in producing and promoting social advocacy while amplifying underrepresented voices within the tourism landscape through practice, research, and education. As a certified qualitative researcher, I design research studies using collective storytelling, visual methodologies, social media analysis, and (auto/duo) ethnography. This research falls under the umbrella of Tourism RESET where I serve as the Co-Director and Research Fellow. Lastly, I research contents tourism and facilitate improvisational theater workshops to help enhance empathetic listening, critical, and creative skill development.


  • –present
    assistant professor, University of Tennessee


  • 2015 
    University of South Carolina, PhD - Foundational Inquiry of Education