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Research Interests

Socio-cultural and political aspects of tourism.The personalized worlds of experience guided by tourism representations.The ideological forces that shape and organize tourism representations.

Professional Information

Dr. Santos is the co-director of the Tourism Lab for Economic and Social Behavior Research. She serves on the editorial boards of Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Travel Research, Tourism Culture and Communication, and the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Her research program is focused on the examination of communicative practices (from mass mediated narratives to the face-to-face dyad) as a means of addressing the socio-political and cultural impact of tourism on the world's people and cultures.


Ph.D., Mass Communications, Pennsylvania State University, 2002


RST 330 - Leisure and Consumer Culture
RST 351 Social and Cultural Aspects of Tourism development
RST 530 Critical Issues in Tourism

Office Address

104 Huff Hall

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