Dr. Milton J. Bennett is an American sociologist known for originating the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity that has been used to guide training and research in the field since 1986. The framework describes the different ways in which people can react to cultural differences.

He founded and directs the Intercultural Development Research Institute co-located in Milano, Italy and Washington State, USA. He was a tenured professor at Portland State University and is now an adjunct professor at the University of Milano-Bicocca, where he teaches intercultural communication in the graduate program of Social Service Management and Political Policy.

His most recent book is the revised edition of Basic Concepts of Intercultural Communication: Paradigms, Principles, & Practices (Intercultural Press, 2013).

In the corporate sector, Dr. Bennett has been on the executive training faculty of Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, Smith College, Boeing Leadership Center, Motorola University, the Stockholm School of Economics, and Eni University, and currently the Global Leadership Program of Mesa Research Group.  Additionally he has consulted directly with over one hundred companies and business schools.

At CEDEP, Milton designed and teaches sessions for Senior Leaders on Political Correctness and building a climate of respect for diversity.