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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 Spring 2021
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)

Drawing on her background in medical sociology, microsociology, and social inequalities, Tanetta Andersson’s scholarship examines meanings and discourses 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 legal and feminist discourses in the Metoo mobilization against sexual violence. In 2020, she was the Program Committee Chair for the Southern Sociological Society 83rd Annual Meeting (cancelled due to COVID-19). In Summer 2019, 2018, 2017 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 Trinity students from Chicago.