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Meet the Dean

Meet the Dean

Dr. Elaine Bennett


Dr. Bennett has been a member of the Saint Vincent College faculty since 2010 and currently serves as dean of the School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, is chair of the Sociology and Anthropology Department, and director of the College’s anthropology, public health, and global engagement programs.

As an applied medical anthropologist with a background in public health, Dr. Bennett studies child health and nutrition in indigenous populations in Guatemala and works with community-based organizations to develop, improve, and evaluate maternal and child health programs. She has actively involved Saint Vincent College students from disciplines ranging from anthropology and English to biology and engineering in these projects, taking them to Guatemala to participate in a build on her research and practice projects.

Dr. Bennett is dedicated to experiential learning and community-engaged learning and incorporates these into her courses. She also regularly presents and publishes on these pedagogies. In addition to developing opportunities for students to do research in Guatemala, she carries out applied research projects locally with student research teams.  Dr. Bennett teaches courses across the four fields of anthropology and has run study abroad courses to Guatemala and Peru.