Dr. Milton J. Bennett served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Micronesia from 1968-1970, and returned to complete his doctorate in intercultural communication and sociology at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a master’s degree in psycholinguistics from San Francisco State University.
He was a tenured professor at Portland State University in Oregon, where he created their graduate program in intercultural communication, and he has been an adjunct faculty member of graduate-level intercultural programs at Antioch College of Yellow Springs, Ohio and the University of the Pacific of Stockton, California. He is now an adjunct professor of intercultural studies in the Department of Sociology of the University of Milano Bicocca in Italy and also teaches in the graduate programs of the University of Switzerland in Lugano, Danube University in Krems, Austria, and Peking University Summer School in Beijing, China.
Dr. Bennett is the author of Basic Concepts of Intercultural Communication: Paradigms, Principles, & Practices (Intercultural Press USA, 2013; Peking University Press China, 2012; Franco Angeli Press Italy, 2014), co-editor and contributor to the third edition of The Handbook of Intercultural Training (Sage, 2004), co-author (with Edward Stewart) of the revised edition of American Cultural Patterns: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (Intercultural Press, 1991), a reviewer for the professional journals International Journal of Intercultural Relations and Journal of Intercultural Education, and the author of many articles on intercultural competence and global leadership for American and European publications.
He is well-known for his Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity which is used internationally to guide intercultural training design and to assess intercultural competence. In 2006 he founded the Intercultural Development Research Institute (IDRI), whose mission is to sponsor new theory and research in intercultural development, to formalize a developmental approach to intercultural adaptation, and to inform public discourse with scientific study of intercultural relations. IDRI operates in the USA and in Italy. http://www.idrinstitute.org