The Tourism Studies Working Group welcomes the participation of scholars from outside the San Francisco Bay Area whose work touches on any aspect of tourism or travel, past or present.

However, we are administratively unable to serve as the
primary institutional host for visiting scholars and post-doctoral researchers.

If you would like to spend a period of weeks, months, or semesters in residence with the TSWG, you must first direct your inquiry to the most appropriate academic unit on the UC Berkeley campus (for example, Anthropology, Geography, Economics, Ethnic Studies, History, etc.). Each department has its own requirements and procedures for visiting scholar applications.

If there is a particular member of the TSWG with whom you are interested in working, please write to that person directly, as she or he may be able to help you secure affiliation with the appropriate academic unit.

Once you have begun the application process, we welcome your inquiry regarding affiliation with the TSWG.

The Tourism Studies Working Group does not have funds available to support post-doctoral researchers or visiting scholars. In the past, visiting scholars have secured funding from academic, governmental, and private foundations.

Lu Jin (2009-2011)
Madina Regnault (2010-2011)
Kojun "Jun" Ueno Senseri (2010)
Bertrand Réau (2009)
Lina Tegtmeyer
Rongling Ge (2007-2009)
Jinfu Zhang
David Crouch
David Picard
Rodrigo Grunewald


Lu Jin
Ph.D Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Xiamen University, China
Topic: Ecomuseums and rural tourism in Guizhou
Period: 2009-2011

Lu Jin is a Ph.D candidate at Xiamen University and a visiting scholar at the Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 2009-2011. Her research interests focus on the anthropology of museums, tourism anthropology, heritage theories, and ecological anthropology. Her current work focuses on a new form of museum known as "ecomuseums," questioning to what extent they preserve material cultures better than traditional museums. Based on research in ecomuseums in Guizhou, China, she explores how ethnic identity is formed and the role of the ecomuseum in preserving ethnic cultures, the interaction between inhabitants of a community and their living space, and conflict between tourism and preservation of ethnic cultures.

Madina Regnault
Ph.D. Candidate, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences, Paris, France
Topic: Cultural Policies and Tourism in French Overseas Territories (La Reunion, Mayotte)

Period: 2010-2011

Coming from a Political Science background (Master Degree from the Sorbonne - Paris 1), Madina Regnault is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Development Studies at the EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris) and a Visiting Scholar in Anthropology at UC Berkeley. Based on a multidisciplinary approach, her works analyze the political and identity issues of cultural tourism promotion in Reunion Island and Mayotte Island, the two French territories located in the Western Indian Ocean.

Kojun "Jun" Ueno Sunseri
Post Doctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley
Period: 2010

Jun is a broadly-trained anthropological archaeologist, with foundations in spatial analysis, zooarchaeology, and ceramic analysis, having field experience in New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California, and South Africa. His research interests focus on the relationships between colonization and the historical transformation of indigenous landscapes, foodways, and identities.

His current research explores how 18th Century New Mexicans’ lived experiences as members of different communities of practice patterned their material record in accordance and in tension with ascribed casta identities on frontiers far from direct enforcement by Spanish Colonial officials. His work uses multiple, complementary lines of evidence of varied types and spatial scales, including: 1) analysis of archaeological faunal and ceramic assemblages related to domestic foodways and 2) GIS analysis of remote sensing, survey, and excavation data to recognize patterning of the tactical, engineered, and ritual landscapes of his study area. By placing these suites of data in dialogue with each other as well as oral and documentary history, Jun has challenged previous explanations of the ways that frontier communities expressed various facets of their identities in different contexts and scales of social performance. In this way, late colonial archaeological sites, the cultural processes that created them, and the histories of contemporary communities which have long been dichotomized as “Spanish” or “Indian” are approached in more nuanced and textured ways.

Betrand Réau
Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Lyon
Topic: Sustainable tourism

Period: April-May, 2009

Lina Tegtmeyer
MA Candidate, JFK Institute for North American Studies, Free University Berlin, Germany
: Representing urban America
Period: January-April, 2009

Lina Tegtmeyer is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate School for North American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. She combines cultural studies, urban studies and critical tourism studies to research the image of place of undesired urban spaces of exclusion. Her current research interests center around tourism in regard to: urban spaces and suburbia, capitalism, exclusion, post-industrial aesthetics and semiotics of decay, visual representations, relation between cities and consumption, concepts of work, typography and commercial signs in public space. In her dissertation, she analyzes the aesthetics of failure in selected tourism imagery and everyday visual products of Detroit and New York City to understand social and cultural meanings of urban decay in relation to tourism. She is interested in theories of urban growth and decline, of shrinking cities (Oswalt et al.) and relations to tourism through pictures.

She holds a Magistra Artium in North American Studies and Latin American Literature from Freie Universität Berlin. In her Mag. thesis, she examined the genre of touristic postcards.

In 2012, she started a travel drawing blog that can be visited and/or followed at:

tegtmeyer (at)

Rongling Ge
Topic: World heritage sites
Period: 2007-2009

Jinfu Zhang
Assistant Professor, Department of Tourism, Xiamen University, China

Topic: Development and social impact of tourism in Tibet; sacred journeys and religious lives

Period: January-December, 2007

David Crouch
Visting Professor, Universities of Karlstad and Kalmar, Sweden; Professor, Cultural Geography, and Director, Applied Research Group in Tourism, University of Derby, UK.
Representative publications:
Co-editor, The Media and the Tourist Imagination (Routledge, 2005)
Co-editor, Visual Culture and Tourism (Berg, 2003)
Editor, Leisure/Tourism Geographies (Routledge, 1999)

Period: April-May, 2007

David Picard
Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Tourism and Cultural Change, Leeds University, UK.

Representative publications:
Co-editor, Festivals, Tourism and Social Change (Channel View Publications, 2006)
Co-author, Tourism, Culture and Sustainable Development (UNESCO, 2006)
Period: September-December, 2006

David Picard is an anthropologist and now a winemaker working at Adega Belém Urban Winery ( in Lisbon Portugal. He held previous appointments at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, Universidade Nova in Lisbon and Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK.His research interests include tourism and travel culture, hospitality, nature conservation, and obviously winemaking. He has led research projects in the Indian Ocean, Australia, Portugal and South America/Antarctica.

Rodrigo Grünewald
Professor, Anthropology and Sociology, Universidade Federal de Campina Grande, Brazil

Editorial Board, Annals of Tourism Research
Representative publication:
"Tourism and Cultural Revival." Annals of Tourism Research 29 (2002)
Period: September 2005-August 2006

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