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Stefanie Benjamin

Associate Professor



Dr. Stefanie Benjamin (she/her) is the Co-Director of Tourism RESET, Co-Founder of CODE (Collaborating on Dialogue & Equity), and Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Her research seeks to challenge existing paradigms and traditional perspectives, offering fresh insights and transformative perspectives to the tourism field. With an extensive publication record, Dr. B has published numerous academic journal articles amplifying counter-narratives and disseminating this research within popular press pieces inclusive of AFAR Travel Magazine, The Conversation, and Conde Nast Traveler. Beyond her academic pursuits, Dr. B actively engages in community outreach and collaboration with industry leaders and organizations striving to bridge the gap between academia and the tourism industry. Driven by a deep-rooted commitment to disrupting dominant ideologies, Dr. B continues to make ‘good trouble’ through her research, teaching, and service. Her critical scholarship serves as a pedagogical framework, shedding light on how oppressive systems must be dismantled to reimagine a more inclusive and sustainable academic and touristic world.

Curriculum Vitae


Classes Offered:

    • HTM 212 Event Planning & Design
    • HTM 435 Advanced Event Planning & Design
    • HTM 312 Wedding Planning & Design
    • HTM 440 Blissful Wish Wedding
    • HTM 410 Strategic Marketing in Hospitality & Tourism
    • HTM 484 Critical Sustainable Tourism
    • RHTM 604 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methodologies in RHTM
    • RHTM 560 Graduate Seminar
    • UNHO 101 Keeping It Real: Applying Soft Skills and Mindfulness
    • UNHO 101 Improv(e) You: Learning Improvisation Techniques to Enhance Creativity


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