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 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 83rd Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society (SSS), the largest regional sociological association, and chair of SSS Committee on Gender and Sexuality in 21-22. She is active in the American Sociological Association sections on Drugs and Society and the Sociology of Teaching and Learning (SOTL). As a 2024 Center for Teaching and Learning Fellow, she continues to develop students' critical sociological thinking and writing skills. In 2023, she received an Identity, Power, Equity grant for her new course on Mental Health Politics; her other topical course on social problems is Sociology of #metoo. In 2016-2020, Andersson’s students received funding to conduct research through Trinity’s Summer Research Program and her senior theses students' research has been funded through Student-Initiated Research Grants.

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. She has built her pedagogical approach on teaching experience in research university, community college, and liberal arts classrooms. 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, Professor Andersson 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).