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Janel Benson

Janel Benson

Associate Professor of Sociology
Sociology & Anthropology , 425 Alumni Hall
p 315-228-6095


BA, Franklin and Marshall College; MA, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Research and Publications

Overview: My research investigates sources of risk and resiliency in the transition from early adolescence to young adulthood to understand how contexts of development in early life shape identity, health, and mobility. 

Publications and Grant Funding

Areas: Life course, inequality in higher education,transition to adulthood, qualitative and quantitative methods


Courses taught: Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods; Sociology of Education; Sociology of the Family; Introduction to Sociology; Senior Research Seminar in Sociology; Intergroup Dialogue; Community-Based Participatory Research.

Service Areas

  • Committee on Athletics, Colgate University
  • Academic Liaison, Colgate University Women's Softball Team
  • Board Member and Academic Advisor, A Better Chance Fayetteville-Manlius