Tanetta E. Andersson
Senior 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.
M.A., Case Western Reserve Univ.
B.A., Case Western Reserve Univ.

Tanetta Andersson’s scholarship focuses on the social determinants and politics of gender-based violence, mental illness, and the medicalization of deviance. Drawing on interdisciplinary and multiplicative or interlocking approaches to systems of power, her work exposes structural patterns and ideologies which, in turn, legitimate and naturalize social problems. 

Her scholarship on gender appears in Critical Sociology and Women's Health Issues journals along with several edited book chapters on deviance, stigma, and mental illness. Prof. Andersson's professional contributions to the discipline of sociology include 2020 Program Committee Chair for the Southern Sociological Society (SSS) 83rd Annual Meeting (cancelled due to COVID-19) and chair 2021-22 SSS Committee on Gender and Sexuality. In 2021, she received an Allan K. Smith Center for Writing and Rhetoric Writing Fellowship, in addition to a January course development grant to build students' engagement with writing as a tool of thinking exercises and essays. In 2016-2020, Andersson’s students received funding to conduct research through Trinity’s Summer Research Program. 

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. Her teaching has been recognized by awards from student groups ranging from Trinity’s Men of Color Alliance (MOCA) and Trinity Greek Life’s Faculty Member of the Year. 

From 2018-2022, she served as faculty mentor for ten Trinity students from Chicago who received The Posse Foundation four-year scholarship (national merit-based leadership award) including a Fulbright award recipient. She also mentors high school senior students in her classes through the Early College Program in partnership with Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (HMTCA).