Mary Benanti

Professor Mary Benanti

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Mary Benanti

College Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies (retired)

Office: Breland Hall, Rm. 256



Education: M.A. Government (New Mexico State University); B.A., Journalism and Mass Communications (New Mexico State University)

Teaching Interests: Politics; Media Studies; Women and Politics; Women and Media; Women and Public Policy

Courses Taught: Women, Politics and Media; Women and Mass Media; Women and the U.S. Presidency; Women and Immigration; Women’s Movements and the Media; Introduction to Women’s Studies

Research Interests: Politics and the media; presidency and the press; international relations


20 years as a journalist writing and editing for Gannett News Service, El Paso Times, Fort Collins Coloradoan, Tucson Citizen, USATODAY

Publications: As a practicing journalist, I have published in hundreds of newspapers across the country. I continue to publish in El Paso, Inc., El Paso Magazine, and the El Paso Times. My writing has covered topics ranging from U.S.-Mexico relations and immigration to national politics and political campaigns. I have also covered the femicides in Juarez and the statehouse in Denver. I wrote a weekly column between 1993 and 2004.

Prof. Benanti participated in Shine On in April 2011, a multi-media event produced by Mark Medoff and the Creative Media Institute. The event celebrates NMSU faculty members.

In a Student’s Words: “The Women and Politics and Women and Public Relations classes you (Professor Benanti) taught have been the most helpful in my new career. I attended my first editorial board meeting and would have had no idea what to expect had it not been for your class.”

Mary Benanti from “Shine On” by NMSU Creative Media Institute on Vimeo.

View more from Prof. Benanti on our Morning Cup page.


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Plaque Honoring Prof. Benanti’s Contributions to the Women’s History Month program at White Sands Missile Range in 2009


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Prof. Benanti Earns Teaching Academy Distinction in 2011


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Some of Prof. Benanti’s ‘s Favorite Texts