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Tanetta E. Andersson
Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology
Phone: (860) 297-2526 Office Location: Seabury Hall N-032
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Trinity College faculty member since 2013
General ProfileTeachingResearchPublications/PresentationsHonors/Awards
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve Univ. (2012)
M.A., Case Western Reserve Univ. (2005)
B.A., Case Western Reserve Univ. (1999)

From her background in medical sociology and social inequalities, Tanetta Andersson’s scholarship examines the micro-politics of social problems like suicide and sexual assault. In particular, her work reveals the often invisible social organization of silence, denial, and neutralization characterizing such morally-laden areas of social life. Currently, she is researching sexual coercion and consent--its actions, motives, interpretations--from a micro-sociology perspective. This research is funded by a Trinity College Faculty Research Committee Grant. In addition, Andersson’s students have received funding for research projects through both Trinity’s Summer Research Program ($3500), Student-Initiated Research Grant Program ($300), and presented their work at the 2016 Annual Meetings of the Eastern Sociological Society. For Andersson, the most successful days in the classroom are when students are still pinned to their seats, engrossed in a class discussion without realizing that class has ended. “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn,” best captures her teaching philosophy. In 2016-2017, Andersson received a Trinity College Center for Teaching and Learning fellowship to develop theory, data, and praxis modules which address sexual violence in her sociology courses. Her teaching has been recognized by awards from student groups ranging from Trinity’s 2017 Men of Color Alliance (MOCA) and Trinity Greek Life’s 2015 Faculty Member of the Year. She is also certified in Green Dot Bystander Intervention Violence Prevention Program.