Symposium on Indigenous Tourism (September 2008).  Photo courtesy of Dr. Zhang Ying.

The Tourism Studies Working Group is a network of more than 50 scholars throughout northern California. It includes faculty and graduate students from a wide variety of disciplines, among them anthropology, history, education, landscape architecture, sociology, political science, Spanish & Portuguese, ethnic studies, city planning, gender studies, and many others.

While most members come from the UC Berkeley campus, they also hail from other Northern California campuses such as Mills College, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, Stanford University, CSU-Stanislaus, and Sacramento State University. Participants also include visiting scholars in residence at UC Berkeley and other Bay Area campuses.

The TSWG is always open to new members. If you are engaged in academic research connected with any aspect of tourism or travel, enjoy cross-disciplinary collaboration, and will be in residence at a Northern California campus, please contact us at to learn about becoming a TSWG Member.


Executive Committee, 2023-2024

Dr. Nelson Graburn, co-chair
Dr. Mahlon W.L. Chute, co-chair; webmaster and newsletter editor

Current and Former Core Researchers and Affiliates
Laura Bathurst
Alexis Bunten
Charlie Carroll
Jenny Chio
Athinodoros Chronis
Mahlon W.L. Chute
Catherine E. Covey
Jennifer Devine
Mark DeWitt
Clare Fischer
Jing Ge
Rachel F. Giraudo
Amir Gohar
Bertram Gordon
Nelson Graburn
Stephanie Hom
Naomi Leite
Scott MacLeod
Benjamin Porter
Jennifer Phelps Quinn
Lusha Sa
Alex Saragoza
Pablo Seward
Shelly Steward
Maki Tanaka

Lina Tegtmeyer
Robin L. Turner
Alex Westhoff

Visiting Scholars
Lu Jin (2009-2011)
Madina Regnault (2010-2011)
Kojun "Jun" Ueno Senseri (2010)
Bertrand Réau (2009)
Lina Tegtmeyer (2009)
Rongling Ge (2007-09)
Jinfu Zhang (2007)

David Crouch (2007)
David Picard (2006)

Rodrigo Grünewald

If you are interested in post-doctoral/visiting scholar affiliation with the TSWG, please see our visiting scholar information before writing.


Laura Bathurst, a sociocultural anthropologist and Latin American specialist, is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and International Studies in the School of International Studies at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Dr. Bathurst received her B.A. in Anthropology and Modern Languages (Spanish) from Kansas State University and her MA and Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. An enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she has long been interested in indigenous issues. Her dissertation, "Reconfiguring Identities:  Tacana Retribalization in Bolivia's Amazon Basin" reflects this interest.  

Dr. Bathurst has conducted research in Bolivia, Spain, and the United States. Her research and teaching interests include Latin America, the Amazon basin, identity, power and control, indigenous issues, linguistic anthropology, and intercultural communication. At Pacific, she teaches classes in anthropology and international studies and assists with the continual development and implementation of Pacific’s innovative integrated pre-departure orientation and reentry program for students studying abroad. She also serves as Academic Director of the MA in Intercultural Relations. 

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Alexis with Hone Mihaka of Taimai Tours,
Bay of Islands, New Zealand.

Alexis Celeste Bunten is a senior researcher witht the FrameWorks Institute and the project ethonographer for IPinCH, Intellectual Property in Cultural Heritage project. Dr. Bunten became active with the Tourism Studies Working Group in 2006 when she began an NSF postdoctoral fellowship at UC Berkeley under the mentorship of Dr. Nelson Graburn. Alexis served as co-chair of the Working Group in 2008-09.

Bunten's areas of expertise include the heritage industry, cultural production and consumption, interpretation, cross-cultural communication, community development, the anthropology of work, and Indigenous tourism. Throughout her academic path, Dr. Bunten has remained committed to her professional work with various Indigenous organizations to forward sustainable economic developmnet in cultural tourism, heritage management and traditional and innovative performing arts.

Representative publications:
2005 - Commodoties of Authenticity: When Natives Consume Their Own 'Tourist Art,' in Exploring World Art, Robert Welsch, Eric Venbrux, and Pamela Scheffield Roi, eds. Pp. 317-36, Long Grove: Waveland Press.

2006 - "Sharing Culture or Selling Out? A Case Study of Self-Commodification in the Native-Owned Cultural Tourism Industry along the Northwest Coast of North America," American Ethnologist 35(3).

2010 - "More Like Ourselves: Indigenous Capitalism Through Tourism, in American Indian Quarterly, 34(3).

2011 - "Consumption and Resistance in Native American Touristic Performance," in Great Expectations: Imagination Anticipation and Enchantment in Tourism, Ed. By Jonathan Skinner and Dimitrios Theodossopoulos, New York: Berghann Books.

[forthcoming] "A Call for Attention to Indigenous Capitalisms," in New Proposals Journal of Marxism and Interdisciplinary Inquiry, 4(3).

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Charlie and daughter "conducting field research"
at the boat races in Sisakhet Village, Lao PDR.

Charles Carroll received his PhD in Cultural Transformation, Political Economy, and Social Practice at UC Berkeley. He holds a BA in Rhetoric and Communications from UC Davis, and an MA in Education from CSU Sacramento. Charles served as Co-Chair of the Working Group in 2003-04, 2004-05, and 2010-2011.

His research focuses on social transformations through changing practices of "development" in mainland Southeast Asia. He recently returned from long-term ethnographic fieldwork on transforming practices of capitalism and cultural tourism within the Lao People's Democratic Republic.

Additional recent research and writing projects have focused on tourism, Christian missionaries, and the production of ethnicity in Northern Thailand; changing mathematical practices in textile production workplaces; and schools, learning and the promotion of 'traditional crafts' in Northern Thailand.

Representative publication: “My mother's best friend's sister-in-law is coming with us”: Domestic and International Travels With a Group of Lao Tourists,’ in Tim Winter et al., eds., Asia on Tour: The Rise of the Asian Tourist. New York: Routledge, 2008.

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Jenny Chio is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Emory University. She completed her PhD in Anthropology at UC Berkeley in 2009 and was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the China Research Centre, University of Technology Sydney, from 2009 to 2012. Jenny served as Co-Chair of the Working Group in 2007-08 and again in 2008-09.

Broadly, her current research projects explore the intersections of mobility, modernity, and media in China's cultural politics. She has conducted fieldwork in two rural, ethnic minority villages in southwestern China since 2006, with a particular emphasis on understanding the impact of tourism on village social relations, individual conceptualizations of self, and local perspectives on travel and modernization. Her forthcoming book, A Landscape of Travel: The Work of Tourism in Rural Ethnic China, explores these issues and will be published in 2014 by the University of Washington Press. Jenny is also an ethnographic filmmaker and her film based on this research, titled 农家乐 Peasant Family Happiness, is distributed by Berkeley Media, LLC.

She is now starting new research on amateur media production, ethnic identity, and social transformation in rural China and is also working on a collaborative project with Luke Robinson on Chinese independent documentary film and post-socialist public culture in China today.

Trailer for 农家乐 Peasant Family Happiness [click here]

Personal website:

Representative publication: “Leave the fields without leaving the countryside: Modernity and mobility in rural, ethnic China.” in Identities: Global Studies of Culture and Power 18(6): 551-575, 2011.

"The Internal Expansion of China: Tourism and the Production of Distance.” in Tim Winter, Peggy Teo, and T.C. Chang, eds., Asia on Tour: The Rise of the Asian Tourist. New York: Routledge, 207-220, 2008.

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Athinodoros Chronis is Associate Professor of Marketing at California State University, Stanislaus. He received his PhD in Marketing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Prof. Chronis’ research interests embrace the experiential aspects of tourism consumption at the junction of history, geography, and material culture. His work examines tourism narrativity, embodied performances, and consumption agency. He has studied extensively the active role of consumers in the construction of cultural imaginaries at multiple heritage sites both in the United States and Europe.

He has conducted fieldwork at Gettysburg, the most heavily-visited Civil War battlefield in the United States, and he has theorized the co-constructed nature of tourism (Annals of Tourism Research, 2005). His most recent work on collective memory appears in Tourist Studies (2006).

Representative publication: "Heritage of the Senses: Collective Remembering as an Embodied Praxis." Tourist Studies 6(2006): 267-296

Dr. Chronis served as co-chair for the Working Group in 2012-2013 and 2013-2014.

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Mahlon, photographed by two anonymous tourists,
with a view of the Biltmore House near Asheville, NC

Mahlon Chute (Co-Chair 2014-2022; Webmaster and Newsletter Editor, 2006-2022) received his PhD in the History of Art and Architecture from UC Santa Barbara. He holds a BA in Art History from UC Santa Cruz and a MA from UC Santa Barbara in the History of Art and Architecture. Mahlon has also taught several tourism studies-related courses at UC Santa Cruz.

His research interests are located at the intersections of urban planning schemes, critical theories of space, the effects of tourism on material culture and the built environment, negotiations of identity, and notions of routine or civilized violence. His dissertation, "Don't Fence Me In": Architecture, Tourism and Segregation in Las Vegas, examines the architecture, planning, and social choices that contributed to the creation of a landscape of inequity in southern Nevada.

Mahlon has acted as the TSWG webmaster and newsletter editor since 2006 and served on the exceutive committee for the Working Group since 2013.

Representative Exhibition: "Wonderlands: Theme Parks, Fairs, and Urban Visions from the Smith and Williams Architectural Archives," University Art Museum, UC Santa Barbara, June 1-August 28, 2004.

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Catherine Elisabeth Covey is a PhD student in the Department of Architecture at UC Berkeley. She received a BA with honors in Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center. She also received a MS in Architecture at UC Berkeley with emphases on the History of Architecture and Urbanism and Environmental Design and Urbanism in Developing Countries. Cathy served as Co-Chair of the Working Group in 2009-10.

Cathy's research interests focus on relationships of the built environment, notions of history, tradition and heritage discourses, and the ways that urban centers are reproduced, experienced, and lived by inhabitants, users, and visitors. Her research examines the Andean city of Cuzco, Peru, an urban center transformed from an Inka imperial capital to a Spanish colonial city, and now as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a "global property," with a distinctive architectural aesthetic.

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Jennifer Devine is a doctoral student in Geography at UC Berkeley. She holds a MSc in Human Geography Research and a MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Geography and International Studies from the University of Washington. Jen served as co-chair of the TSWG in 2011-2012.

Broadly speaking, her research focuses on contemporary dynamics and trajectories of social, political and economic development in Guatemala and Central America.  These interests include: tourism, neo-liberalism, multiculturalism, the social production of difference, labor market experiences and discrimination, the Central American Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA) and the politics of research and knowledge production.

Jennifer served as co-chair for the Working Group from 2012-2013.

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Mark F. DeWitt
was recently appointed the Dr. Tommy Comeaux Endowed Chair in Traditional Music at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he is a Professor of Music.
Dr. DeWitt's research focuses on music's evocation of faraway places, for people who have lived in those places, for those who have never been to them, and for tourists. The activities of folk revivalists, both musicians and dancers who spend significant amounts of time learning and doing cultural activities that were not part of their family background or upbringing, are also phenomena that command his attention. These interests stem from his dissertation field research, which took place among Creole and Cajun immigrants from Louisiana and Texas, along with many folk revivalists, who play and dance to Louisiana French music here in northern California.
His book published in October 2008, 
Cajun and Zydeco Dance Music in Northern California: Modern Pleasures in a Postmodern World (University Press of Mississippi), explains how ethnicity, tourism and revivalism--i.e., both insider and outsider perspectives--can work together to sustain social dance and music-making far away from a culture's place of origin.
Representative publication: "Heritage, Tradition and Travel: Louisiana French Culture Placed on a California Dance Floor." The World of Music 41.3(1999):57-83.
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Clare Fischer
is Aurelia Henry Reinhardt Emerita Professor of Religion and Culture, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley and currently serves as Visiting Professor in the Theology and Religion Department of the University of San Francisco where she instructs courses in religious pluralism.

She is currently studying domestic tourism associated with the iconic "Rosie the Riveter" sites in city of Richmond, California. Her research focuses on the annual Homefront Festival and the collaboration of civic, municipal and federal agencies in advancing a permanent waterfront attraction based on shipyard labor during that historic time.

Formerly, she conducted field studies in Indonesia focusing on pilgrimage and tourism in Java and Bali. Her interest in the negative images produced as a consequence of the terrorist bombings in Bali continues with a published essay on memory and tourism and a current study of regeneration of tourism in Bali and the role of international festival.

Representative publication: "Remembering Bali as Paradise: The Bombing of Kuta and the Recovery of the Balinese Tourist Identity," Journeys, 2006.



Jing Ge is a postdoctoral research fellow at University of California, Berkeley, and a research fellow at the Laboratory for Intelligent Systems in Tourism, LA. Jing holds a PhD degree from the University of Queensland Business School. She has close to 10 years of industry experience with a focus on marketing communication and social media.

Dr. Ge’s research interests are in the areas of computer-mediated communication, the playful and creative use of language by businesses and consumers on social media, and graphical communication such as emojis and stickers. Her research has been extensively applied on the tourism context such as Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) in China.

Her recent representative publications appear in the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management (“A Taxonomy of Value Co-creation on Weibo – A Communication Perspective”), Journal of Information Technology and Tourism (“Humour in Soliciting Social Media Conversations”), and two book chapters in Advances in Social Media for Travel, Tourism and Hospitality: New Perspectives, Practice and Cases.

Jing served as co-chair for the Working Group from 2018-2020.



Rachel Faye Giraudo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the California State University, Northridge. Dr. Giraudo received her PhD, BA and MA in Anthropology from UC Berkeley. She also received a MPhil in World Archaeology from the University of Cambridge.

Dr. Giraudo's doctoral dissertation examines heritage tourism as a means of sustainable development for Botswana's ethnic minorities, specifically at the Tsodilo World Heritage Site. She is currently developing a community-based project about cultural heritage and intellectual property of the indigenous peoples of southern Africa.

Representative text: "Cultural Heritage Tourism Research at the Tsodilo Hills, Botswana," Kalahari Peoples Network, 2008. Available here.

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Dr. Gohar is a tourism & landscape planner and sustainable development expert with nearly two decades of working experience with municipal governments, research institutes, international development agencies, private sector firms and local community organizations. He has worked extensively in the MENA region Africa and Europe, with specific focus on tourism planning in the southern region of the Red Sea in Egypt, Agro- tourism planning for different sites in Saudi Arabia, the Cradle of Human Kind Park and the Kalahari in South Africa, and sustainable tourism in Jebel Akhdar (Green Mountains) in Libya. His scholarship focuses on finding the appropriate balance between the trendies of rapid tourism development and maintaining ecological integrity in both dense cities as well as remote nomadic towns. His doctorate research in the Dep. of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning at UC Berkeley focused on understanding tourism development and its direct & relative impact on the environment. His current research with the Berkeley’s TSWG is focusing on tourism governance and the different forces and dynamics that shape tourism development. Dr. Gohar obtained previous degrees in Urban & Regional planning from Cairo university, a Master’s in urban design from Oxford Brookes University, and a diploma in Land Management from Erasmus University.

Amir served as co-chair for the Working Group from 2013-2014.

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Bertram M. Gordon is Professor of European History and Chair of the Social Sciences Division at Mills College. He is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Tourism History and the Bureau of the International Commission for the History of Travel and Tourism, and serves as co-editor of the H-Travel internet discussion network. He holds a doctorate from Rutgers University and regularly teaches a course entitled "Men, Women, and Travel: Tourism in Europe Since the Renaissance." A specialist on World War II France, he has written on war-related tourism in that country and, more recently, the emergence of "mass tourism" and Mediterranean tourism.

His current research focuses on the relationship of tourism and war, and is currently writing a book entitled Tourism and the Tourist Imagination in World War II France: From the German Conquest through the Creation of Memory, 1940-2011. He has also written about gender and its depiction in cinema imagery in relation to tourism; and tourism in relation to the May-June 1968 Paris student revolt. In 2001-02 he was Chercheur associé étranger at the Institut d'Histoire du Temps Présent, C.N.R.S., Cachan, France. His books include Collaborationism in France during the Second World War (1980) and The Historical Dictionary of World War II France: The Occupation, Vichy and the Resistance, 1938-1946 (1998). From 1999 to 2001 he was Provost (chief academic officer) at Mills College.

Representative publications: "The Evolving Popularity of Tourist Sites in France: What Can Be Learned from French Statistical Publications?" Journal of Tourism History, 3:2 (September 2011), pp. 91-107.

“The Mediterranean as a Tourist Destination, from Classical Antiquity to Club Med,” Mediterranean Studies, 12 (2003), pp. 203-226.

"Destinations and the Woman as a Motif in Film and Tourism," in Laurent Tissot, ed., Construction d'une Industrie Touristique aux 19e et 20e Siècles, Perspectives Internationales/Development of a Tourist Industry in the 19th and 20th Centuries, International Perspectives (Neuchâtel, Switzerland: Alphil, 2003), 359-370.

“El turismo de masas: un concepto problématico en la historia del siglo XX,” in Turismo y nueva sociedad, Historia Contemporánea, 25 (2002, II), pp. 125-156.

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The tourist gaze: Nelson Graburn and Naomi Leite aim their cameras in Kyoto.


Nelson Graburn (Co-chair 2014-2017) was educated in Natural Sciences and Anthropology at Cambridge, McGill, and University of Chicago. He is emeritus professor of socio-cultural anthropology at UC Berkeley, Curator of North American Ethnology at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, and co-chair of the Canadian Studies Program. He also recently retired from an appointment as Senior Professor at the International Institute for Culture, Tourism and Development at London Metropolitan University. Professor Graburn served as co-chair of the Tourism Studies Working Group in 2010-2013, and was a driving force in the organization of our 2011 conference, Tourism Imaginaries/Imaginaires Touristiques.

Prof. Graburn has taught at Berkeley since 1964, with visiting appointments at the National Museum of Civilization, Ottawa; Le Centre des Hautes Etudes Touristiques, Aix-en-Provence; the National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) in Osaka; and the Research Center in Korean Studies, National University of Kyushu, in Fukuoka, Japan; the Universidade Nacional, Rio Grande del Sol, Porto Alegre, Brazil, the Nationalities University, Beijing, and Beijing International University. He is a founding member of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism, the Research Committee on Tourism (RC-50) of the International Sociological Association, and the Tourism Studies Working Group, and serves on the editorial board (for anthropology) of Annals of Tourism Research.

Prof. Graburn's recent research has focused on the study of art, tourism, museums, and the expression and representation of identity. He has carried out ethnographic research with the Inuit (and Naskapi) of Canada (and Alaska and Greenland) since 1959. He is now working with the Inuit cultural organizations in Nunavik and Nunavut, Canada, on aspects of cultural preservation and autonomy, and on contemporary Inuit arts, including film and video-making. He has done research on tourism and social change in Japan since 1974, and with students and colleagues on tourism in China since 1991.

In addition to articles and book chapters on ethnic and tourist arts, museums, modernity, identity, and theory and methods in the study of tourism, Prof. Graburn's publications include Ethnic and Tourist Arts (ed., 1976), To Pay, Pray, and Play: The Cultural Structure of Japanese Tourism (1983), and Relocating the Tourist (2001). Recent edited volumes include Multiculturalism in the New Japan, (2008), “Current Themes in Indigenous Tourism”. Special Issue of London Journal of Tourism, Sport and Creative Industries, 2 (1) (2009).edited with Alexis Bunten, and, Tourism and Glocalization: Perspectives in East Asian Studies, (2010) edited with Han Min.

Nelson Graburn has served as co-chair for the Working Group from 2012-2022.

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Stephanie Hom is Assistant Professor of Italian in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics at the University of Oklahoma, and co-founder of the UC Berkeley Tourism Studies Working Group. She holds an MA and PhD in Italian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA with honors in International Relations from Brown University. She served as Co-Chair of the Working Group in 2003-04, 2004-05, and 2005-06.
Her current research projects explore the relationships between modern mass tourism, colonialism, and national identities. She is the author of several articles on such wide-ranging topics as tourist narratives and constructions of subjectivity, the vocabularies of nationalism in the work of Ippolito Nievo, and the discourse of metaphor in the "Mediterranean." She is currently at work on two book projects. The first book, tentatively titled Touring Italy: Toward a Discourse of Italian Travel, maps out the representations and practices of travel—namely through mass tourism—that have shaped Italy as a modern and mobile imaginary. The second book, as of yet untitled, traces the evolution of Italian colonial travel writing between the Mediterranean (Rhodes, Libya) and East Africa (Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia).
Her interests include tourism and travel theory; travel literature; Italian anthropology and folkore; Italian theories of post/modernity; the Risorgimento; Italian fascism; neorealism in literature and cinema; the Italian colonial experience; and theories of space/place.

Representative publication: "The Tourist Moment." Annals of Tourism Research 31(2004): 61-77

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Naomi Leite, co-founder of the Tourism Studies Working Group, holds a PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology (UC Berkeley, 2011). She is Lecturer (UK Assistant Professor) in Anthropology at SOAS, University of London, where she directs the MA program in Anthropology of Travel and Tourism. Her research and teaching focus on cultural dimensions of global interconnection, with international tourism as a primary site for examining cross-cultural interaction, negotiation of identity, and imagination as a social practice. Since 1996, she has based her field research in Portugal. She has published on theoretical developments in the anthropology of tourism, tourism imaginaries, diasporic tourism, heritage and memory, and museums and materiality. Her first book, Unorthodox Kin: Portuguese Marranos and the Global Search for Belonging, is forthcoming from University of California Press. She is currently editing Taking Tourism Seriously: Edward Bruner and the Anthropology of Tourism, a volume of essays on Bruner's theoretical legacy in the anthropological study on tourism, together with Quetzil Castañeda. She is Co-Convenor of the American Anthropological Association’s Anthropology of Tourism Interest Group, chairs the Tourism-Contact-Culture Research Network, and serves on the editorial boards of Annals of Tourism Research and The Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change. Dr. Leite served as Co-Chair of the Working Group in 2003-04, 2006-07, 2007-08, and 2010-11.

Representative publications:

2014 "Afterword: Locating Imaginaries in the Anthropology of Tourism.” In Tourism Imaginaries: Anthropological Approaches, ed. Noel Salazar and Nelson Graburn. Oxford: Berghahn, pp. 260-278.

2009 "Anthropological Interventions in Tourism Studies." In The Sage Handbook of Tourism Studies, ed Tazim Jamal and Mike Robinson, London: Sage, pp. 35-64. (with N. Graburn)

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Scott G.K. MacLeod is an American academic and Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology at World University and School - He's taught "Network Society, Information Technology and the Global University" on Harvard University's virtual island, and on Penn State Isle in Second Life as a Penn State University instructor. He's taught both anthropology and sociology in real life at Chatham University, the University of Pittsburgh, and at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received a Master's Degree in anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Diploma of Research from the University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on the information technology network society age, the world wide web cosmos, the virtual, and actual-virtual Harbin Hot Springs, seeking to facilitate the development of a realistic virtual earth for STEM research, and as classrooms (Think Google Street View with time slider +). He is World University and School's founder, president and CEO. WUaS forked successfully in 2017 into a second legal entity, the WUaS Press / Corp, planned with machine translation in all 7,097 living languages. Wiki World University and School is CC-4 MIT OCW-centric (in 5 languages) and CC Yale OYC-centric and seeks to develop major universities in all ~200 countries' main and official languages, as well as wiki schools in all 7,097 living languages too; WUaS plans to offer online CC OCW Bachelor, Ph.D., law, M.D. as well as I.B. high school degrees, partly in group video.

Personal web site:

For additional books and bio information, see:

Representative publication:

"Naked Harbin Ethnography: Hippies, Warm Pools, Counterculture, Clothing-Optionality and Virtual Harbin" (Academic Press at World University and School, 2016).





Benjamin Porter is an assistant professor of Near Eastern archaeology in UC Berkeley's Near Eastern Studies Department. He received his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. He currently co-directs the Dhiban Excavation and Development Project in Jordan, where he is helping plan a sustainable archaeological site for local and international tourism. 
Prof. Porter's current research focuses on tourism and heritage in the Middle East, particularly the ways communities, national agencies, tourists, and archaeologists interact with antiquity sites. Prof. Porter is also exploring ways that archaeologists can contribute to the investigation of tourism in past societies. As a case study, he has investigated a collection of mineral hot spring resorts in early twentieth century Montana.     

Representative publications: In press   “Excavating Turaath: Documenting Local and National Heritage Discourses in Jordan.” In Archaeologies and Ethnographies: Iterations of ‘Heritage’ and the Archaeological Past. L. Mortenson and J. Hollowell, eds.  University of Florida Press (with J. Jacobs).
2008    “Heritage tourism: Conflicting identities in the modern world” Pp. 267-281 in The Ashgate research companion to heritage and identity. B. Graham and P. Howard, eds. Hampshire: Ashgate. 

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Dr. Lusha Sa is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at South-central University for Nationalities, Wuhan, China. She received her Ph.D in Ethnology from South-central University for Nationalities. She is currently a visiting scholar in the Anthropology Department at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests embrace the heritage and ethnic tourism development in China. She has been conducting fieldwork in ethnic minority municipalities Dali, Lijiang in southwestern China since 2008. This research project provides tourism anthropologists and practitioners with an intrinsic understanding of the impact of tourism on sociocultural reconstruction, intercultural communication in ethnic tourism, and ethnic identity in glocalization.

Lusha has been selected by a National Social Science Funding Project ‘Intercultural Communication and Ethnic Culture Reproduction’ and is currently investigating the intercultural communication as well as heritage protection in ethnic tourism in China.

Representative publication: “Intercultural Communication and Sociocultural Reconstruction: Anthropological Interpretation of Tourism in LiJiang.” Beijing: China Social Sciences Press.

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Alex Saragoza is Associate Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. He received his PhD in Latin American history from the University of California, San Diego.

A specialist on modern Mexico, Prof. Saragoza's research has examined the structural origins of Mexican migration, focusing on the role of the state in the process of the concentration of wealth and power in Mexico. In addition, he has done research on the transnational aspects of cultural formations in Mexico, including work on Mexican cinema, radio and television.

His recent work has encompassed research on cultural linkages among Spain, Mexico, and Cuba. He is currently at work on a comparative study of the history of Mexican and Cuban tourism.

Representative publication: "The Selling of Mexico: Tourism and the State, 1929–1952." In Gilbert Joseph, Anne Rubenstein, and Eric Zolov, eds., Fragments of a Golden Age: The Politics of Culture in Mexico Since 1940 (Durham: Duke University Press, 2001), pp. 91-115.

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Pablo Seward
Pablo Seward in the Field at Easter Island.

Pablo Seward is an undergraduate senior double-majoring in Anthropology and Psychology at UC Berkeley. He recently returned from conducting fieldwork in Easter Island for his senior honors thesis in Anthropology. His research explores how two predominant spatial imaginaries over the island he studies, associated with the names "Easter Island" and "Rapa Nui", think the landscape of the island, and envision the island's place in the cosmos, differently. He is specifically interested in seeing how the "Easter Island" imaginary and the correlative development of cultural tourism on the island may be challenged by new ways in which the Rapa Nui conceive, produce, and circulate memory about their island.

Pablo's interest in tourism sprung from his experience in Easter Island. He hopes to develop an academic career in Psychological Anthropology and explore other ways in which psychological processes such as identity formation intersect with cultural processes such as cultural tourism. In the past, Pablo has worked as an undergraduate researcher with the Departments of Sociology, Art History, and Psychology, where he has explored questions as diverse as the legality of the marijuana market in California, art in times of political repression in Chile, and cognitive development in infants. He hopes to bring all these interests together as a graduate student. Over the coming semesters, Pablo will write and publish his honors thesis, as well as continue being an editor for the Berkeley Undergraduate Journal. He is also currently working with Professor Cohen from Berkeley and with the Center for South Asia Studies to organize several research conferences this semester, as well as with the Anthropology Undergraduate Association to organize an undergraduate research symposium.

Pablo served as co-chair for the Working Group from 2013-2014.

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Shelly exploring social relations on the
Zugspitze in the German Alps.

Shelly Steward is a PhD student in the department of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests include social class, tourism, environment, and ethnographic methods. Her Master’s thesis explores class tensions and processes of distinction in a winter resort town. She has also written on the symbolic meaning of neighborhood appearance and the effectiveness of localizing educational curricula, and is a National Science Foundation Fellow. Prior to coming to Berkeley, Shelly was a science teacher on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota

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Jennifer Phelps Quinn
received her Masters of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley. She holds a BA in Chinese History, also from UC Berkeley.

Having come to urban planning after several years in the travel industry, including three years leading adventure tours in China and Vietnam, Jennifer combines a critical interdisciplinary perspective with a commitment to applied work. Through planning and urban design, she hopes to help local governments and peoples to limit the negative impacts of tourism while augmenting the positive effects on local communities. She believes that by balancing environmental, social, and economic needs of communities, tourism can be as sustainable as it is important to local economies.  She is currently working on the revitalization of San Francisco's Chinatown through improved tourism services and programs.

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Maki Tanaka is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at UC Berkeley. She received her BA from Waseda University, Japan, and MA in Social Anthropology of Development from School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She served as Co-Chair of the Working Group in 2006-07 and 2009-10.

She is interested in the ways in which socialist planning in tourism navigates the current moment of post-Cold War global political economy, especially in UNESCO World Heritage sites in Cuba, where she is currently undertaking long-term ethnographic fieldwork. She looks at tourism/urban planning in heritage sites as a means to imagine the future for the Cubans, as well as to demonstrate Cuban socialism to the global audience.

Representative text: “Tourism Development in Socialist Cuba: Old Havana and Its Residents.” Research Report. Center for Latin American Studies, UC Berkeley, 2005.

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R Turner

Robin L. Turner
is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Butler University. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from UC Berkeley, an MA in Political Studies from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and a BA with honors in Public Policy Studies from Duke University. She served as Co-Chair of the Working Group in 2007-08.
Robin’s research interests focus on the relationship between people, the state, and natural resources. This encompasses three themes: the political economy of resource-based sectors (nature tourism, mineral extraction), the politics of conservation, and urban environmental justice politics.
Robin's dissertation, Politics Where the Wild Things Are: Nature Tourism, Property Rights, and Traditional Leadership in Rural Botswana and South Africaseeks to answer the question, how does engagement in tourism affect local political relations? Robin conducted fieldwork in four nature tourism destinations -- the eastern Okavango Delta and Northern Tuli Game Reserve in Botswana, and Madikwe Game Reserve and Mapungubwe National Park in South Africa -- and ten nearby localities -- two  freehold farming areas and eight villages.

Representative publication: "Communities, Wildlife Conservation, and Tourism-Based Development: Can Community-Based Nature Tourism Live up to Its Promise?" Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy 7(2004): 161-182.

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A Westhoff

Alex Westhoff received a joint Masters of Landscape Architecture and Masters of City Planning in the Departments of Landscape Architecture/Environmental Planning and City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley. He also holds a B.S. in Animal and Plant Systems from the University of Minnesota.

His academic studies have centered around the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta area, regarding issues of urban growth containment, agricultural conservation, and riparian corridors.  Through his thesis he proposed the idea of the Delta obtaining a National Heritage Area designation which could help preserve the many unique features of the region in a sustainable manner. Since completion of his thesis, he has continued to work on this project through his position with the Delta Protection Commission. He was also awarded the Scott Traveling Scholarship from the Department of Landscape Architecture/Environmental Planning which enabled him to travel to several countries in Africa and Europe to examine sustainable tourism development in other delta landscapes.

Representative text: The Sacramento Delta National Heritage Corridor. Master's Thesis, Landscape Architecture/Environmental Planning and City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley, 2008.

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