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Stefanie Benjamin

Assistant Professor


Stefanie Benjamin is an Assistant Professor in the Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management program in the College of Education and Health and Human Performance at the University of Tennessee. Her research interests include cultural and historical landscapes regarding heritage tourism in the U.S. South with special attention devoted to power, politics, and collective memory. Additionally, she is devoted to sustainable tourism through planning, education, and development; film-induced tourism;  slave narrative performances; festivals/events; improvisational games in higher education; PhD students’ well-being and mental health; and popular culture.  Furthermore, Benjamin is a certified qualitative researcher implementing visual methodology, ethnographical methodology, and performance studies in her research.


  • Heritage Tourism
  • Film Induced Tourism
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Race, Ethnicity & Gender
  • Event Management


Stefanie Benjamin CV


Benjamin, S. & Alderman, D. (Forthcoming, 2017). Performing a Different Narrative: Museum Theater and the Memory-Work of Producing and Managing Slavery Heritage at Southern Plantation Museums International Journal of Heritage Studies.

Benjamin, S., Williams, J., & Maher, M. (Forthcoming, 2017). “Focusing the Lens to share the story: Using photographs and interviews to explore Doctoral students’ sense of well-being”: International Journal of Doctoral Studies .

Williams, J., Benjamin, S, Kitterlin, M., & Brown, E. (Forthcoming, 2017). Emerging Effectual Soft Skills: Sports infused with Hospitality Concepts and Theories. Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism Education.

Williams, J., Benjamin, S., Kitterlin, M., Brown, E., Schoffstall, D., & Zaman, M. (Forthcoming, 2017). A New Model for Hospitality Mentorship Programs. Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education.

Benjamin, S., Kline, C., Alderman, D., & Hoggard, W. (2016). Heritage Site visitation and attitudes toward African-American heritage preservation: An investigation of North Carolina residents. Journal of Travel Research, 55 (7).

Sox, C., Benjamin, S., Carpenter, J., & Strick, S. (2013). An exploratory study of meeting planners and conference attendees’ perceptions of sustainable issues in convention centers. Journal of Convention & Event Tourism, 14, 144-161.

Benjamin, S., Schneider, P., & Alderman, D. (2012). Lost in Mayberry: Is film-induced tourism a sustainable option in tourism planning? Tourism Review International, 16 (2), 139-150.

Alderman, D. H., Benjamin, S., & Schneider, P. (2012). Transforming Mount Airy into Mayberry: Film-induced tourism as place making. Southeastern Geographer, 52 (2), 212-239.

Chapters in Edited Books

Williams, J. & Benjamin, S. (2016). Changes in Hospitality Consumer Needs and Wants. Routledge Handbook of Hospitality Marketing. Taylor & Francis Group.

Benjamin, S. (2015). Is this how you pictured it? Using photo elicitation as a methodological tool, in Hanna, S., Potter, A., Modlin, E.A., Carter, P., and Butler, D. (eds) Social Memories and Heritage Tourism Methodologies, New York: Routledge, pp. 92-108.

Alderman, D., Moreau, T., & Benjamin. S. (2012). The Andy Griffith Show: Mayberry as Working Class Utopia in Booker, K. (ed.) Blue-Collar Pop Culture: From NASCAR to Jersey Shore, (Vol. 2) Television and the Culture of Everyday Life, Praeger, pp. 51-69.

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