Carla Santos, PhD, Professor, Director, European Union Center, Interim Department Head ▼

Carla Santos, Ph.D.


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(217) 244-3874

Office fax:

(217) 244-1935

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

Research and Professional Interests

Research and Professional Interests

Dr. Santos 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. She also serves as the director of the European Union Center. 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.

Research Interests

  • Socio-cultural and political aspects of tourism
  • Cultural sustainability
  • Heritage and tourism
  • Genealogical tourism
  • The personalized worlds of experience guided by tourism representations
  • The ideological forces that shape and organize tourism representations

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