Richard Bennett. Director, Office of International Programs
Dr. Richard Bennett is the Director of International Programs as well as an Associate Professor in the Department of Social and International Studies. Coming to SPSU as a professor of History after receiving a Ph.D. in Ancient and Modern Middle Eastern History, he began to work increasingly in the area of Cultural Studies. Prior to his doctoral research, he had done extensive study in the area of Anthropology/Archaeology and in the area of World Religions. He was a founding faculty member in the development of the department of Social and International Studies and helped plan its first degree programs. Together with another faculty member, he developed the department’s flagship course in Comparative Cultures, which he team-taught for 14 years. He currently teaches courses primarily in World Religions, Anthropology, Middle Eastern Studies, and Cross-National Technology Policy Analysis. He has authored dozens of articles on various subjects related to international cultural studies which have been published in a variety of journals and magazines.
Dr. Bennett had already lived in the Middle East and studied in Europe before coming to SPSU. In the ensuing years he has traveled to 32 countries. In March 2001, Dr. Bennett was appointed Director of International Programs at SPSU and has since then been instrumental in developing the International Programs effort at SPSU. As part of that effort, numerous institutional partnerships have been formed between SPSU and universities in various regions of the world including China (5), Germany (2), Italy (1), Jamaica (1), Cameroon (1), Ghana (2), the Republic of Georgia (1), and India (1). These partnerships continue to develop, with universities in Malaysia, and Turkey actively pursuing new partnerships. Dr. Bennett speaks German and some Russian, is on the faculty of 8 universities around the world, and teaches regularly at four of these universities every year in addition to his teaching and administrative responsibilities at SPSU. He has been recognized by Who's Who Among American Teachers four times, and has been an invited speaker at numerous venues both local and international over the last 10 years.