Betsie Garner

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Betsie  Garner




Sociology and Political Science

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(931) 372-3816


Matthews-Daniel 231


Dr. Betsie Garner is an Instructor of Sociology at Tennessee Technological University.  Her research and teaching interests include topics related to family, culture, and place.  She received a PhD in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017, an MA in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013, and a BA in Sociology from Emory University in 2011.

Dr. Garner’s current research project is an ethnographic community study of Rockdale County, GA in which she explores the discourse and practice of Southern hospitality among contemporary residents of the changing Southern United States.  This work has been published in The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and Sociology Compass.  Her earlier research on gender and parenting in the context of family visits to museums and zoos appeared in Qualitative Sociology and Social Psychology Quarterly.  Together with a colleague she was awarded the 2017 Award for Distinguished Scholarship from the Animals and Society section of the American Sociological Association.

Since joining Tennessee Tech in 2017, Dr. Garner has taught Introduction to Sociology in both online and traditional classroom formats, as well as special topics courses Sociology of Media and Popular Culture and The Violent South.  She is dedicated to serving a diverse student population and uses inclusive teaching practices to mitigate inequalities arising from variation in college preparedness.  Beyond the classroom, she enjoys serving as Chapter Representative for the Epsilon chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society and volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in the foster care system.