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Stefanie Benjamin

Associate Professor of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management; Co-Director of Tourism RESET, 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