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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 View office hours for Fall 2022
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Ph.D., Case Western Reserve Univ.
M.A., Case Western Reserve Univ.
B.A., Case Western Reserve Univ.

Drawing on her background in medical sociology, microsociology, and social inequalities, Tanetta Andersson’s scholarship examines cultural and structural dimensions of social harms like suicide and gender-based violence. In particular, her work focuses on discursive tactics--neutralization, denial, and silence--as collective acts. Currently, she is researching shifting media and legal discourses in the #metoo mobilization against sexual violence. In 2021, she was named a Allan K. Smith Center for Writing & Rhetoric Writing Fellow, in addition to receiving a January course development grant to build students' engagement with public-facing writing and sociological knowledge by incorporating Wikipedia digital editing into her courses. Her 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 (on invitation). In 2016-2020, Andersson’s students received funding to conduct research through Trinity’s Summer Research Program. Other student-mentees have 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. 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 are recipients of The Posse Foundation scholarship (national merit-based leadership award). These student-mentees graduated in Spring '22 and included VP of Multicultural Affairs Council and '22 Commencement student speaker, President of the Muslim Students Association, Co-founder and President of Trinity's Athletes of Color Coalition, and Vice President of La Voz Latina, among others.