Sheila Bennett

Sheila K BennettEmeritus Professor of Sociology

Joined faculty in 1990

Ph.D., North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A., Wellesley

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Scholarly Interest

Desecularization and the Turkish national state

Tibetian history and contemporary society

Individual and institutional outcomes of study abroad and internationalizing the curriculum


Historical change and women’s roles in 20th century America

Women in the labor force

Cross-cultural study of women’s achievement orientation

Gender bias in teaching evaluation

Institutional climates and learning outcomes for male and female students

Women in higher education administration

Courses Taught

Courses taught 2003-04:
First Year Seminar:
Birth and Fortune

Asian Studies:
Istanbul and the Ottoman World
Tibet Incarnate: Understanding Contemporary Tibet

Introductory Sociology
Social Change and the Individual


Consultant for International Programs and Director, Initiative to Reconfigure Partnerships in Global Education (Ford Foundation, Trinity College, January-August 2003)

Co-Director: Forum ’98, National Conference on Women’s Policy Agenda for the 21st Century

Institutional consultancies: institutional planning, study abroad programming member and chair, regional accrediting teams

Professional development travel seminars: Hays-Fulbright Faculty Seminar, Turkey Freeman Foundation Faculty Seminar, China

Other professional travel and consultancies: Middle East, South and East Asia, Tibet, Eastern Europe

Board memberships: National Women’s Hall of Fame National Collaborative for Women’s Historic Sites Geneva Family YMCA

Honors and recognitions: Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi