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Whitney Benns

Lecturer on Education

Whitney Benns

Degree:  J.D., Harvard Law School, (2015)
Email:  [javascript protected email address]
Office:  Longfellow 211
Faculty Assistant:  Ryan Noll


Whitney Benns teaches negotiation at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she is an adjunct lecturer. She was also an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. She has addressed and coached students and alumni at Harvard University, Tuck School of Business, Tufts Gordon Institute on Leadership, MIT Sloan School of Management, Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Law School.

Benns is a consultant with Triad Consulting Group, where she works with clients to build communication and leadership capacity in negotiation, feedback, and conflict management. She works with a range of clients: nonprofit, for profit, and government, with an emphasis on work with education and social justice organizations.

She has written articles for the Atlantic Magazine and The Guardian, and was a contributor to, a Harvard-affiliated blog that explores issues involving workers, unions, and politics. Her work is included in Readings for Diversity and Social Justice, 4e (edited by Maurianne Adams, et all. 2018). She is also a fellow with the Systemic Justice Project at Harvard Law School, where she works to create spaces for community building and collective action for legal practitioners, educators, and students working for systemic justice.

Benns has a B.S. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Utah, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Between college and law school, she worked as an intern at Comedy Central's satirical news show, The Colbert Report.

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