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Benjamin Co-Author’s Paper Shortlisted for Best Paper Award at TTRA International Conference

Stefanie Benjamin, assistant professor in Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, co-authored a paper, “Tweeting the Black Experience- Social media counter-narratives Stories as Innovative Insight on #TravelingWhileBlack.”  The paper was submitted to the Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA) International Conference and has been shortlisted for the Best Paper Award for which it is quite an honor to even be nominated. The TTRA is a leading advocate for higher standers in travel and tourism-related research, analysis, and marketing.

Benjamin co-authored the paper with Alana Dillette, San Diego State University and Chelsea Carpenter, a senior in Marketing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, which she mentored during the 2017 Summer Research Institute.  The paper is currently under revision with the Journal of Travel Research, a top tier tourism journal.  The trio will present their research at the end of June at the 2018 TTRA International Conference in Miami/Coral Gables, Florida.