SIT Graduate Institute

Brattleboro, VT | Washington, DC


Tamara L. Stenn

Adjunct Faculty
Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

Courses Taught


Independent Study

Learning and Professional Development Advising - Part 1

Learning and Professional Development Advising - Part 2

Social Entrepreneurship

Special Topics in Service, Leadership, And Management


DA Leadership, Franklin Pierce University
MIIM, SIT Graduate Institute
BS Journalism, University of Maryland

Tamara L. Stenn

Dr. Tamara L. Stenn is an adjunct professor in the sustainable development program at SIT Graduate Institute, a visiting professor of social entrepreneurism at Hampshire College, and a scholar of sustainable development and justice. She is the author of The Cultural and Political Intersection of Fair Trade and Justice; Managing a Global Industry (Palgrave, 2013), a comparative study of Andean women working in Fair Trade handicrafts and coffee, exploring topics of feminism, leadership, consumerism, indigenousness, and well-being. She is also a Fulbright candidate for research studies for her next book, The Cultural and Environmental Intersection of Sustainable Development, which will be a comparative study of the socio-economic and environmental effects of Fair Trade, organic certification, and conventional petro-chemical production of quinoa in Bolivia.

Tamara graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS in journalism in 1988. The same year she founded New Visions Advertising, one of the Washington, DC, area's first "green" companies using recycled papers, soy inks, digital production, and micro-targeted campaigns to minimize waste. In 1996 she joined the US Peace Corps, Bolivia, to expand her cultural horizons and language skills. Tamara specialized in enterprise development and founded Bolivia's first monthly rural newspaper, NOTICIAS Cono Sur. In 1999 Tamara returned to the US to earn a master’s in intercultural-international management at SIT Graduate Institute. Here she established KUSIKUY Clothing Co., a Fair Trade, eco-ethical, alpaca knitwear company with production in Bolivia and Peru and sales worldwide. In addition to business development, Tamara also conducts corporate training in areas of motivation and team-building and teaches management, sustainability, and economics at regional universities such as UPB and Uni Valle in Bolivia and SIT Graduate Institute, Antioch University of New England, and Keene State College in the US. In 2011, Tamara completed a doctorate in leadership at Franklin Pierce University, coupling anthropology with economic theory and practice to examine the impact of Fair Trade on indigenous women.

Tamara's areas of academic interest include solidarity economy, Andean ways of being, and sustainable development. Bilingual in Spanish and well-versed in Andean traditions, Tamara is also an avid runner, painter, and mother of two and enjoys raising her family's own food.