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Tanetta E. Andersson
Visiting Lecturer in 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)

With a background in medical sociology and social inequalities, Tanetta Andersson’s scholarship examines social meanings and, in particular, discursive tactics--neutralization, denial, and silence as collective acts--of social problems like suicide and gender-based violence. Currently, she is researching shifting legal and feminist discourses around sexual consent within the Metoo mobilization against sexual violence. This research is funded by a Trinity College Faculty Research Committee Grant. In Summer 2017, 2018, 2019 Andersson’s students received funding to conduct research through Trinity’s Summer Research Program ($3500). Also, other student-mentees have been awarded Trinity's Student-Initiated Research Grant ($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 serves as a Posse Faculty Mentor for 10 students from Chicago and is also certified in Green Dot Bystander Intervention Violence Prevention Program.