Dr. Elizabeth Bennett

Current information for Sociology Professor Bennett

Dr. Elizabeth Bennett


Currently, I often teach Introduction to Sociology; Society & Personality; Social Problems; and Capstone. I’ve also taught Global Issues and Introduction to Criminology at CNM.


I grew up on the coast of Northern California, where I tried to spend as much time outside as possible, hiking, backpacking, and gardening. My partner grew up in Albuquerque so it felt right to take a job at CNM and move back here from the East Bay Area in 2012. I’m enjoying learning my way around the hiking and camping spots of New Mexico. I also love cooking, baking, and exploring local restaurants.

I earned my Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2008. My doctoral research combined environmental sociology and cultural studies, exploring the stories that communities and societies tell about nature through spaces of public. I continue to work (slowly) in this area, but have spent more time lately on topics related to teaching, higher education, and student success—especially through participation in the Pacific Sociological Association and its committee for Community College Teaching.


  • SocialJustice@CNM Faculty/Staff/Student Working Group
  • CNM SafeZone Re-development Team
  • Integrated Service Learning Advocate for CHSS
  • CNM Institutional Review Board