Dr. Milton J. Bennett is known for originating the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity and for his text, Basic Concepts of Intercultural Communication: Paradigms, Principles, and Practices, and his co-authored book American Cultural Patterns: A Cross-Cultural Approach. Previously he was a director of the Intercultural Communication Institute in Portland, Oregon, and a professor of intercultural communication at Portland State University. Dr. Bennett also holds an adjunct faculty appointment in sociology at the University of Milano Bicocca.
As a consultant and trainer, Dr. Bennett has served on the executive training faculties of Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, Smith College, Motorola University, the Boeing Leadership Center, Stockholm School of Economics, Eni University, and CEDEP (INSEAD Campus, France).
He has provided training and/or consulted with over 250 companies and universities, including an extensive program with the medical faculty of the University of Colorado School of Medicine on creating a climate of respect for cultural diversity.
Dr. Bennett’s personal intercultural experience includes two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Micronesia, many years of living in multicultural neighborhoods in San Francisco and Milan, and interactive consulting with organizations on issues of global and domestic diversity. His Ph.D. in intercultural communication and sociology is from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; he also holds a MA in psycholinguistics from San Francisco State University and a BA in literature (creative writing) from Stanford, where he initially studied physics. He is married to an Italian national, has a bi-cultural son, and maintains domiciles in Milan and Washington State, USA.