Jeffrey Bennett (he/him)

Jeffrey Bennett
Associate Professor
Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact Info
Manheim 206D
Psychoanalysis; Modernity; Anthropology; Religion; Politics


Broadly speaking, Jeff Bennett is interested in the intersection of psyche and society. He is the author of When the Sun Danced, which explored the cultural and psychological roots of Europe's longest-surviving, right-wing dictatorship. He has also written about revitalization movements, the American experience of war, the ways new technologies are transforming love and death in America, and the relationship of 9/11 to the storming of the U.S. Capitol. Currently, Jeff is writing about narcissism, leadership, and group psychology.

Prior to coming to UMKC Dr. Bennett served as a Harper Fellow at the University of Chicago, and he earned an International Diploma in humanitarian assistance from Fordham University in New York. In addition to anthropology, Dr. Bennett is trained in adult psychoanalysis and clinical mental health counseling. Much of his current work is focused on integrating cultural and psychological approaches to the study of human behavior.

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Anthropology of Religion
Language and Culture
Culture, Emotion, Identity

Academic Credentials
Ph.D. Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Chicago
M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Capella University
M.A. Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Chicago
B.A. Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Washington