CURRICULUM VITAE                                                                                                         February 2010





Contact Information

Chair and Associate Professor

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

University of Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Tel: 902.940.3654




Citizenship: Canada

Languages: English (mother tongue), French (extremely fluent)





Post-Doctoral Research and Teaching (2002-2004)
SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada)

Post- Doctoral Fellowship (Nov. 2002 - Nov. 2004).

Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Concordia University, Montreal.

Post-Doctoral Research:

Civility and identity; family and youth culture; effect of service work on emotion management; uses of civility and incivility in inclusion and exclusion; cross-cultural factors in civility and incivility practices.



Doctoral Studies Ph.D. (D.Phil) Sociology (1999-2002)

University of Sussex, (UK).

Department of Sociology and Social and Political Thought.


British Commonwealth Association of Universities Doctoral Scholarship (1999-2002).

SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral

Fellowship (1998-2002).

Thesis: (accepted outright with no modifications required)

The Sociology of Civility. A comparison of the American, British and French Civility Traditions (1200 to present).


Advisors: Dr. William Outhwaite (Professor of Sociology, Head of Social and Political Thought) and Dr. Steve Burman (Head, American Studies Department).

Examiners: Dr. Peter Wagner (European University of Florence); Dr. Luke Martell (University of Sussex).


M.A. Sociology (1996-1998)

Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

Fellowships: Quebec FCAR Social Sciences Graduate Research Fellowship (1996-1998); J. McConnell Graduate Memorial Fellowship (1996-1998); Concordia Graduate Merit Fellowship (1998-1999).

Thesis: (accepted outright with no modifications required)

Reconsidering the Siblings - A sociological analysis of contemporary American culture. Supervisor: Dr. Veret Amit.


B.A. Honours in Sociology, with minor in Creative Writing (1992-1996)

Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Graduating Grade: With Great Distinction; Everett C. Hughes Medal for Most Outstanding Graduating Student in Sociology and Anthropology (1996)

James Gilchrist Prize (1995); Harry & Grace Colle Prize (1994); Concordia Bursary Scholarship (1993)
Honours Thesis: (accepted outright) Towards a Sociology of Emotions (monograph); Supervisor: Dr. William Reimer. External Commentator: Dr. Christine Jourdan.




Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology (2007-2010), University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

                        Department consists of 7 full time faculty members and 17 sessional instructors offering an average of 90+ course sections per year. Achievements: Designed and put on line a complete Departmental website:

/socanth; Wrote the Departmental Review (2006-2007) and Chaired successful External Review Process; Chaired hiring committee for new assistant professor; Made various contributions to the setting of standards and design of new courses and curriculum redesign; Implemented recommendations made by departmental reviewers; Designed and Wrote a series of 15 course-promotion and career posters for a Departmental advertising programme; Designed and wrote 'Operating Manual' for students; Improved morale and cohesion in the large group of sessional instructors; Implemented technology update with large-screen video facilities, camcorder acquisitions, and DVD producers/copiers; Implemented a new communications dynamic that has increased engagement and enrollments; Implemented new systems that facilitated enrollment records, advising, and communication with prospective and present majors in a department that now enjoys 2,000 + enrollments per year; implemented efficient budgetary-management methods; worked with Island Studies Department, International Development, and School of Business to establish cooperative programmes.


Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology (2007-2010), University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.


Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology (2004-2007), University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Granted early tenure and accelerated promotion.


Post-Doctoral Sessional Instructor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology (2002-2004) Concordia University, Montreal.


Sessional Instructor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology (1998-1999) Concordia University, Montreal.


Subjects Taught at University of Prince Edward Island (2004-2010)

Classical Sociological Theory (Core Course: 301); Contemporary Sociological Theory (Core Course: 302); Self and Society (271); Collective Behavior and Social Movements (372); Media and Society (391); Comparative Sociology (431); Movies and Culture ST (309); Additional Subjects Developed for 2010-2011: Approaches to Applied Sociology (400 level); Sociology of the Body (400 level); Civility and Society (100 level). Teaching Ratings consistently in the upper 5-10 percentile range.

Subjects Taught at Concordia University (1998-1999; 2002-2004)

Self and Society (2-term course); Introduction to Sociology (including global perspective); Social Problems (including global perspective).

Received commendations from Chair for teaching excellence and 'well above average' student evaluations in all courses taught.

Teaching Assistant, Concordia University (1996-1998)

Courses: Youth Culture; World Cities; Theories of Ethnicity.





I believe in acting as a teacher as well as an educational coach. My goal when teaching classes (be they small or large) is to provide interesting lectures, stimulate the curiosity of students and help them achieve at a high level. I am always available to students by email, phone and face-to-face meetings. I consider the either-or debate between good scholarship and good teaching a non-productive one. One is best off placing a high value on both. Good scholarship stimulates students and good teaching energizes one's scholarly activities. I believe in new educational technologies and use the web and video as part of my teaching; I design and maintain a variety of teaching web sites/pages and video channel. I am inspired by the words of Anatole France: "An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't." 

Teaching Web Resources I have developed: Please see SOCIOLOGYWEB:; and, SOCIOLOGICAL Directors Channel, offering over 400 sociology and anthropology videos:





Founder and Director, The Civility Institute ( 2006-present). The Institute provides research and consulting on civility: private, educational, corporate, governmental.

Director and Seminar Lecturer,
Alpha Theta Excellence Seminars, Montreal, Canada (1986-1992)

Creation, promotion and presentation of personal motivation and excellence seminars

to corporate staff, educators and medical personnel.


Corporate Consultant, Corporate Image and Mass Communications Projects (1984-1992)







Listed in Canada's 'Who's Who' (as of 2003) for contributions to literature, communications and multiculturalism.

Mordecai Richler Prize for Best Book of 1996, Quebec (1996).

Finalist QSPELL (Quebec Society for the Promotion of English Language and Literature) Prize for Best Book of 1996 (1996).

Listed on Nobel Literature Prize Webpage for Alexander Solzhenitsyn for my biographical story of the Russian writer's work.

Marketing Magazine Merit Award for Excellence in Communications.









The University of Toronto Press (UTP) (2009; 608 pages).

Published Endorsements:


Benet Davetian's scintillating tour de force fills a gaping void in the history of ideas. If you are serious about the civility-civilization connection, you will want your well-thumbed copy of Norbert Elias' tome to share a place on your nightstand with this newcomer destined to last.

_ P.M. Forni, Professor, Johns Hopkins University.

Author of Choosing Civility: The 25 Rules of Considerate Conduct



Benet Davetian's magisterial yet highly readable study forms a worthy complement to Norbert Elias' classic discussion. The book includes many fascinating insights into the differences in civility practices between France, England, and the USA.

_ William Outhwaite, Professor of Sociology, Newcastle University. Author of European Society; The Future of Society; Co-Editor of the Blackwell Dictionary Of Social Thought.


Civility: A cultural History" is a tour-de-force: a work of dazzling scholarship on this core concept of our social life, ranging from the Middle Ages to the present, and covering France, England and the United States. Spitting, line-up etiquette, toilet hygiene, good manners, and the relativity of politeness are all discussed as they change and vary in this most engaging and poetically written work. Davetian is as much at home with "The Art of Courtly Love," the Enlightenment, the rise of individualism, the Victorian gentleman and gentlewoman, as with contemporary teens and narcissism. It's absolutely fascinating!

_ Anthony Synnott, Professor of Sociology, Concordia University.

Author of The Body Social; Shadows: Issues and Social Problems in Canada; co-author of Aroma: The Cultural History of Smell.


Benet Davetian's Civility will take you on a compelling social and psychological journey through the history of civility, from the Middle Ages to the present day. Essential reading for anyone interested in international standards and customs of courtesy, Davetian's perspective on the cross-cultural impact of civility practices is not only thorough and insightful, but also encouragingly optimistic.

_ Louise Fox, etiquette coach and Director of The Etiquette Leader.


This is an interesting and important piece of scholarship. It traces the evolution of civility across time and space, and finds that instead of being a monolithic concept, civility has taken different forms in France, England and the US. In this tour, Davetian takes us from the distant past to the present day, and also examines how the tide of civility may have crested, and may now be receding. A great read.

_ A. R. Gillis, Professor Emeritus, Sociology, University of Toronto


Dr. Davetian has accomplished an important goal with his book. He has meshed the personal and social into a text that gives meaning to disembodied theories. His academic credentials are impeccable but so are his feelings and emotions, his humanity, in regard to sociological phenomena.

_ Dr. Arthur Janov, Director, The Primal Center, Santa Monica.

Author of The Primal Scream; The Feeling Child; Primal Healing.


Impressive in both scope and depth, this engaging book is an innovative and substantial dialogue on the concept of civility. Well documented and erudite, it not only historicizes the development of civility but also grounds it in today's society, offering a renewed perspective on crucial issues such as multiculturalism. I read Civility with great pleasure.

_ Jean-Franois C™tŽ, Professor of Sociology, UniversitŽ du QuŽbec ˆ MontrŽal. Author of: Architecture d'un marcheur. Entretiens avec Wajdi Mouawad; Le triangle d'Herms. Poe, Stein, Warhol, figures de la modernitŽ esthŽtique.



Ronsdale Press, Vancouver (1996; 178 pages)

Themes: The anatomy of ethnic rivalry, civil war and genocide and the politics/social psychology of exclusion and inclusion. Areas of research: Rwanda, Bosnia, Somalia, Society Union, Turkey.... Written in the form of documentary creative non-fiction. 


Canadian Richler Parizeau Prize for the Best Book of the Year; Finalist for the Hugh McLelland Literary Prize of Quebec; Finalists (excerpt) for the Irving Layton Writing Award. Review Excerpts:_ Impressed with the simplicity and lucidity....The Atlantic; Once in a rare while you encounter a mesmerizing writer who makes the art of storytelling seem effortless....The Montreal Gazette; Once you start reading it you cannot put it down....Canadian Fiction





Audience: Instructors, academics and upper-division students.  Publisher to be selected. This book aims to fill a void in existing texts.



"Symbolic Interactionism," in SAGE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CASE STUDY RESEARCH (2 Vols.) (Sept 2009).

"Human Interaction Theory," in SAGE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CASE STUDY RESEARCH (2 Vols.) (Sept. 2009).



'What is Human society? It is a Feeling Society. Response to Gane and Scott,' Sociological Research Online, December 31, 2005, Vol. 10, Issue 4. This is one of two highly regarded on line journals featuring some of the top academics in Europe. It is fully refereed and regulated by the British Sociological Association. The journal features cutting edge work in sociological theory and often initiates debates that have international impact in sociology and social theory. This particular response was written to two world-class theorists who commented on my work.

'Towards an Emotionally Conscious Social Theory,' Sociological Research Online. June 30, 2005, Vol. 10, Issue 2. Please see above entry for details on the journal. This article calls for a sociological theory that takes human emotions into consideration and suggests that emotions links micrological and macrological social realities. The article had a strong impact and some academics responded to it. 'What is Human Society – A Response to Davetian,' was subsequently published by Nicolas Gane, editor of the highly-regarded book, The Future of Social Theory, featuring articles-interviews with theorists such as Judith Butler.

'Moral tensions Between Islamic and Western cultures. Towards a sociology of East and West in the wake of September 11.' Sociological Research Online, Vol. 6 No. 3. November 31, 2001. Article cited in other works on civilizational sociology and in the presidential address of the Australian Association for Ethics.

'Out of the Fire and into the Melting Pot. In defense of Canada's multiculturalism policies.' Canadian Ethnic Studies Journal. Special Textbook Issue. Vol. 26, No. 3, 1994. Article cited in studies of ethnicity and multiculturalism.



'All in One Family, A review of A. Mesropian's study of Armenians in Syracuse.'

Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Special Textbook Issue on Transnationalism (UK), Vol. 27, No.4, October 2001. Article reproduced on QUESTIA.

External Evaluator for Oxford University Press for book on Social Movements (2009).






Guest Opinion, 'A stand against profanity is also a stand against violence.' The Guardian, March 2007.

Opinion: 'Death Announcements Vital to Small Community.' The Guardian, Charlottetown, P.E.I., September 20, 2006.

Guest Article: 'A New Breed of Human?' The Guardian, Charlottetown, P.E.I. 2005. Regarding humanitarian relief in Indonesia.

'Harassment and Women's Rights to Work without Sexual Inuendos; The Bill Clinton Case.' TIME Magazine, Vol. 161, No. 16, April 20, 1998 (letter).

'Revisiting Maclean's Ratings of Universities---a constructive critique of research. methods used by Maclean's Magazine in its yearly ratings of universities.' ATLANTIS, Vol. 1, No. 1, Autumn 1998 (self-published). Article cited in many other articles on university ratings.

'The Forbidden Zone.' Alaska Quarterly Review, Vol. 13, No. 3 & 4, Summer-Spring, 1995. Subject: Ethnic tensions in Sarajevo. 

'Anneh.' Ararat Quarterly, Autumn 1996. Subject: The Turko-Amenian conflict of 1915.

Various essays in Canadian newspapers on multiculturalism, national unity and identity (1996).






                        UPCOMING KEYNOTE SPEECHES:

                        ¥ Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association Annual Convention,                         May 2010.

                        ¥ Ontario Chiefs of Police Association Annual Convention, June 2010.

                        ¥ First International Civility Conference, 2011

                        UPCOMING PAPERS:

                        ¥ Canadian Sociological Association and the Federation for the Humanities                         and Social Sciences 2010 Conference: "Civilities and Incivilities                         Understanding the Anatomy of Human Interaction."

                        ¥ Marxism and Psychology 2010 International Conference. University of                         Prince Edward Island. 'Alienation, Emotions and Society: Towards a critical                        perspective of the psychotherapy and counseling process.'

Guest Lecture: 'Research Methods.' University of Prince Edward Island, Institute of Island Studies. 2007.

'Public Transit and Social Inequality.' Public Transit Commission Conference, University of Prince Edward Island. October 27, 2006.


'From the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind to the Breakdown of Bi-Hemispheric Intelligence: Emotions, Thinking, and Ideation in Contemporary Culture.' International Julian Jaynes Conference on Consciousness, University of Prince Edward Island. August 4-5, 2006.

'Understanding Context in Human Communications - Rethinking the Concept of Insularity.' 10th Congreso Internacional del Centro de las Literaturas y Culturas del R’o de la Plata [CELCIRP], University of Prince Edward Island. July 6-8, 2006.

'The Anatomy of Civility in Contemporary Society.' Faculty of Arts Research Series, Prince Edward Island University. January 27, 2006.

Guest panelist: Course presented at Department of Religious Studies, U.P.E.I. October, 2005.

Guest Speaker - 'Writing Effective Prose,' U.P.E.I. Introduction to University Skills Course (UNIV 101), November 2004.

Invited Speaker: 'Understanding cultural differences in cross-civilizational and inter-civilizational dialogues.' University of Kent (Canterbury, UK) Symposium on the effect of September 11th on ethnic and racial discrimination. April 15, 2002. Voted the most appreciated presentation of the Symposium.

'The role of civility in conflict resolution.' International E-Symposium on Conflict Prevention, Japan. February 12, 2002.

'Moral tensions as important sources of conflict in diplomatic negotiations.' International E-Symposium on Conflict Prevention, Japan. February 12, 2002.

'The Anatomy of Courtesy and Civility: Differences in English, French and American Civility Rituals. Testing Norbert Elias's theory of the civilizing process. 'International Social Theory Consortium Conference, Brighton, U.K. July 7, 2001.

Guest speaker and reader: The Third Solitude: Canadian Minority Writing Conference. UniversitŽ de MontrŽal, Canada, March 19-21, 1998.

Invited speaker: 'Identity Politics in Quebec - Representations of victimization.'

Minorities and the Media Series, Concordia University, Montreal. January 22, 1997.

Panel Moderator and Commentator: 'The practical aims of social theory.' University of Quebec (Montreal) Social Theory Conference. September, 1996.

Guest lecturer and reader: 'Literature and its social implications.' University of British Columbia, Department of Literature. October 29, 1996.

Invited Speaker: 'Literature and its power to change social reality. Conversations with Steinbeck and Nin.' Simon Fraser University, Department of Literature. October 30, 1996.

Guest Speaker: Chapters Bookstores, Vancouver, B.C. October 28, 1996.

Guest Speaker: Simon Fraser University Bookstore, Vancouver, B.C. October 30, 1996.

Guest Speaker: Chapters Bookstores, Montreal, P.Q. October 8, 1996.





University of Prince Edward Island Institutional Grant (2009) for book indexing.
University of Prince Edward Island Discretionary Grant (2007) for manuscript preparation.

Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs: 'The Ethics of Civility and Social Cohesion.' The research has involved the production of a 60-minute film, 'Understanding Civility' which has been tested with success in PEI schools (2006-2010).

University of Prince Edward Island New Scholars Grant (2006): 'Civility Instruction in the Secondary School System.'

University of Prince Edward Island Start-Up Grant (2005): 'Social Cohesion in Prince Edward Island.'

Research Grant in Preparation: SSRHC 'Can Civility and Empathy-Instruction make a difference in the levels of incivility and bullying in the Educational System.'

Ongoing Self-Funded Research: 'Using new media technologies to better engage 20 to 30-year-olds attending Arts programmes in universities.'


¥ Corporate Leadership and Organization; ¥ Sociological theory: classical and contemporary in historical and cultural context; ¥ Civility in a regional, national and cross-cultural context; ¥ Reconciling the study of diversity and the development of systems theories; ¥ Globalization and world development: economic and cultural perspectives; ¥ Self and society (socialization, social psychology and subjective interaction in context of societies challenged by familial and political contingency);

¥ Family, childhood and youth in historical and cultural context; ¥ The effects of the 'time bind' on family organization and interaction; ¥ Sociology of emotions and the body; ¥ Differences in identity formation and social relations in individualistic and communalistic societies; ¥ Politeness Theory in Cross-cultural context; ¥ The seminal role played by American pragmatism in global capitalism and trans-national media;

¥ Sociology of change: comparative and historical sociology; ¥ New Media technologies in education; Distance Education.



Traveled extensively in U.S.A., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, former Yugoslavia, Albania, Principality of Monaco, The Netherlands, Belgium, Turkey, Iran, Egypt, Lebanon, Mexico, India. My travel experiences has been extremely useful to my academic work, for they have allowed me to provide to my students and colleagues living examples of how cultures are formed, maintained and reformed and how and why cultural practices vary from country to country.










Member, Senate, University of Prince Edward Island. (2005-2011).

Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Prince Edward Island (2007-2010).

Chair, Hiring Committee, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Prince Edward Island. (2009).

External Member, Hiring Committee, Psychology Department, University of Prince Edward Island, (2006).

Member, Hiring Committee, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Prince Edward Island. (2006).


Honours Supervision and Graduate Examination:

Miriam Burchell, Department of Sociology, Honours Thesis, 2006-2007.

Title: 'Towards an Understanding of Genocide Prevention.' Monograph length.

External University Examiner, M.A. Thesis, Institute of Island Studies. Candidate: Kathy Stuart. Title: 'The Influence of Islandness on Energy Policy and Electricity Supply.' October-November 2006.

External Examiner for promotion file of sociologist at Carleton University (2010).

Informal external advisor to students in MA and PhD programmes overseas who consult on a periodic basis via the web.



Various media appearances and articles published in media on public issues: Public Civility; High School Education, City Pedestrian Safety, Public Transit, Social Cohesion and Inclusion (2005-2010)

Host: The Charlottetown Conversation Salon. Founded a conversation salon in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Cited world-wide as a model salon and listed in No. 1 position on google: SalonIndex.html (2004-2010)

Promoted the value of personal development and excellence via a variety of media appearances and press interviews in Canada (1984-1992).

Wrote a series of public service advertisements in my early twenties and was awarded the Toronto Telegram Public Service 'Care Award.'

Was a member of a consulting panel organized by the Canadian Minister of Justice for the Youth Criminal Justice Act (2008; PEI) and was invited to submit a proposal.




MEDIA INTERVIEWS AND PROGRAMS REGARDING MY WORK ___________________________________________________________

Links to podcasts and video archives can be found at
The list below does not include all the articles written on my work in the national and regional media. For a more complete list, please search <benet davetian> and/or <civilityinstitute> on google.

Guest: Special CBC one-Hour Documentary on Civility and Rudeness. Hosted by Valerie Pringle (Fall 2008).

Featured Guest, Rex Murphy's Special on Civility in Canada (Fall 2008)

Special CTV National one-Hour Documentary on Civility. Narrated by William Shatner (Fall 2008)

CTV Television, Montreal: NEWS AT SIX. Interviewed regarding rising profanity

and incivility in Montreal. April 12, 2006.

CTV Television, Atlantic LIVE AT 5 – Interviewed regarding civility. April 2006.

CBC-Radio, P.E.I. ISLAND MORNING – 4 part series, including one morning call

in show regarding Teens and Technology. June, 2006. Series rebroadcast on Maritime

Noon due to initial success.

Featured Guest: CBC Radio Halifax. MARITIME NOON. Programme regarding incivility, August 1, 2006.

Telegraph Journal, Fredericton, N.B. Interviewed as part of an article on TEENS

and MSN, '200 channels and no one (under 30) watching.' April 26, 2006.

CBC Radio, Calgary. THE EYEOPENER. Interviewed regarding civility and how it

can be supported in urban centers such as Calgary. September 28. 2006.

Other Media interviews, 1990-1998:

Various appearances (approximately 15) on TV and radio shows and in the press addressing issues connected to identity in contemporary culture, national unity, and literature: CBC-TV, Radio Canada, TV Quatre Saisons, Chatelaine, CJAD, Radio Centre-Ville, Radio Quebec, RDI, CFCF-TV, Bravo Channel, La Presse.





¥ Canadian Sociological Association.                                                                       

¥ American Sociological Association.

¥ Writer's Guild




Available upon request