Ecotourism and cross-cultural tourism issues — Cross-cultural gender issues — Sustainable development — Cultural survival
W. George Matton Professor of Anthropology
B.A., Barnard College-Columbia University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley
Extensive research on tourism as the basis for sustainable development for indigenous cultures. Related topics: impact of tourism on native people, the recreation of ethnicity as a marketing strategy, and the religious pilgrimage as a factor in tourism. Field work on these topics with the Maya people of Mexico and the Otavalo group in Ecuador. Has investigated Marian pilgrimage sites throughout the world. Strong advocate of research and field work for undergraduate students. Leader of overseas study programs in Ecuador.