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Tamara Stenn

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Assistant Professor of Professional Studies/Faculty Advisor for LEAP - Landmark Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program

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Dr. Tamara Stenn teaches Economics and Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Professional Studies Department at Landmark College where she specializes in building opportunity and access for neurodiverse, creative thinkers who learn differently. She is a bilingual (Spanish/English) eco-business developer, sustainability trainer, fair trade business owner, Fulbright researcher, economist, and author. Her teaching is a balanced combination of project-based learning, universal design, and structured query.

Stenn spent six years as a corporate trainer and now uses training skills for academic research and experiential classroom teaching. Her book, The Cultural and Political Intersection of Fair Trade and Justice, Managing a Global Industry (Palgrave, 2013) explores the history and impact of fair trade development in Bolivia and contains training exercises at the end of each chapter. Her newest book, Social Entrepreneurship as Sustainable Development (Palgrave, 2017), introduces the “Sustainability Lens,” an innovative new tool that enables anyone to discover ways to mitigate risk, build relations, strengthen customer bases, better utilize resources, and build social-economic-environmental sustainability in any organization.

Stenn is the founder and CEO of KUSIKUY, a fair trade fashion brand of hand-knit treasures made by indigenous women in Bolivia from the world’s finest alpaca, descendants of herds once reserved for Inca kings, blessed with a ch’alla.

She holds a Doctorate in Leadership, a Master’s in Intercultural Management Form, a Bachelors in Journalism and Psychology and a US Fulbright to study the wellbeing of Bolivia’s women quinoa growers.

When she is not researching, writing, or building new building programs she enjoys intercultural experiences, music, yoga, and time spent with her husband and two children in Southern Vermont.



Doctorate of Arts, Leadership, Franklin Pierce University
Masters, Interdisciplinary and International Management, School for International Training
B.S., Journalism w/minor Psychology, University of Maryland



• Stenn, T. (2017). Social Entrepreneurship as Sustainable Development. Palgrave Macmillan Press.

• Stenn, T. (2013). The Cultural and Political Intersection of Fair Trade and Justice, Managing a Global Industry. Palgrave Macmillan Press.


• Stenn, T. (2016). The Fair Trade difference: how education and democracy grow wellbeing in Bolivia’s quinoa trade. Journal of Human Development and Capabilities. (pending)

• Stenn, T. (January 2015). Examining the Gaps in Justice and Well-Being for Fair Trade Women Across Industries. Global Journals Incorporated, GJHSS, Vol. 14, Issue 6, version 1.0.

• Stenn, T. (December 2013). Comercio Justo and Justice: An examination of Fair Trade. Review of Radical Political Economics, Vol. 45 Issue 4. pp. 483- 494.

• Stenn, T. (May 2013). Fair enough? Fair Trade and the quality of life amongst Bolivia’s indigenous women artisans. Development in Practice, Vol. 23, Issue 3, pp. 372-388.


• Stenn, T. (September 2015). Human Development & Capability Association (HDCA) Annual Meeting. Unlocking the secrets of quinoa: A comparative study of Andean women quinoa producers. Washington, DC.

• Stenn, T. (January 2015) ASE Annual Meeting, IAFFE session. Examining the Gaps in Justice and Well-Being for Fair Trade Women Across Industries. Boston, MA

• Stenn, T. (November 2014) NECLAS – New England Council of Latin American Studies. Exploring the Justice of Living Well. Connecticut College, CT.

• Stenn, T. (October 2014) Annual NASAGA Conference. Building Resilience Through Collaboration. Baltimore, MD.

• Stenn, T. (November 2013) Eight Biannual Symposium, Finding Your Place in the Evolving Commons. Suma Qamana – Living the Good Life, Sustainably. Keene State College, Keene, NH.

• Stenn, T. (October 2013) Annual NASAGA Conference. Play Talking Stick – for empowerment and connection. Sarasota, FL • Stenn, T. (June 2013) Slow Living Summit, Sumaq Qamana – living sustainably the Andean way. Brattleboro, VT.

• Stenn. T. (May 2013) Fair Trade Federation Annual Meeting, Engaging students and communities in Fair Trade. Raleigh NC.

• Stenn, T. (October 2012) NECLAS – New England Council of Latin American Studies. Fair Trade and indigenous women’s empowerment. Yale University, CT.

• Stenn, T. (January 2012) ASSA – International Association of Feminist Economics, Comercio Justo and Justice: An examination of Fair Trade and its impact on indigenous women and the family. Chicago, IL.

• Stenn, T. (January 2012) ASSA – Heterodox International Economics, The effects of Fair Trade on indigenous Bolivian women. Chicago, IL.

• Stenn, T., Laime, E., Walsh, M., O’Loughlin, A., & Bumsted, K. (November 2011) Keene State College Symposium 2011: What Sustains Us? Envisioning Our Future. Keene, NH.

• Laime, E. and Stenn, T. (November 2011) Antioch Fair Trade Symposium. Keene, NH

• Stenn, T. (November 2011) Southern Economics Association, 81st Annual National Meeting. Washington, DC.

• Stenn, T. (November 2011) International Confederation of Associations for Pluralism in Economics. Re-thinking economics in a time of economic distress. Amherst, MA • Stenn, T. (October 2011) International Forum on the Social and Solidarity Economy. Poster Presentation, Fair Trade and its effect on indigenous women artisans. Montreal, Canada • Stenn, T. (May 2011) The Sixth Forum of the World Association for Political Economy Responses to Capitalist Crisis: Neoliberalism and Beyond, Amherst, MA.

• Stenn, T. (April 2011) “Towards a Politics of Solidarity.” Left Forum, Pace University, New York, NY.

Academic Interests

Pedagogy: Self-guided teams, leadership development, project-based and applied learning, Universal Design & design thinking.

Academia: Entreprenership & nuerodiversity, sustainable development, development eocnomics, human development.

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