Stefanie Benjamin

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

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.

Refereed Journal Articles-Accepted/In-press

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. Blue-Collar Pop Culture: From NASCAR to Jersey Shore, (Vol. 2) Television and the Culture of Everyday Life, Praeger (edited by M. Keith Booker), pp. 51-69.