As a professor, I have primarily been responsible for teaching regional geography courses. I teach World Regional Geography: Latin America, Africa and South Asia every semester. I also regularly teach Regional Geography: The United States and Canada, and I have previously taught regional courses for Latin American and the Caribbean as well. I enjoy teaching these courses because they provide the opportunity to explore different aspects of geography (cultural, political, population, economic, etc.) as well as the geography of different parts of the world.
My research has often centered on tourism as a topic of geographic inquiry. I have approached this topic through different areas of geography. For example, my work has intersected with areas such as cultural geography, through the representations of place in tourism promotions, and human-environment interactions, through the relationships between tourists and their destinations.
Although much of this work has focused on the Caribbean, as a well-established destination region, I am now turning my attention to Central Europe – one of the World Tourism Organization’s “emerging” destination regions. In 2009, I was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. This grant will allow me to spend the spring 2010 semester at the University of Primorska in Koper, Slovenia where I will lecture and collaborate with colleagues in the Department of Geography and the College of Tourism.