Tourism RESET is a place for professional collaboration and exchange between scholars who are doing work in the areas of race, ethnicity, and social equity in tourism.
Establishing this network of like minded scholars will facilitate the holding of conferences, joint projects and publications, and the connection of research professionals with community and industry groups. RESET is a multi-university and interdisciplinary effort conducted jointly by the Department of Geography and the Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management at the University of Tennessee, the Department of Political Science, International Development, and International Affairs at the University of Southern Mississippi, the Hospitality and Tourism Management program at Appalachian State, the Hospitality & Tourism Management program at San Diego State University, Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Management at North Carolina State University, and the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at East Carolina University.
Derek Alderman PhD
Founder & Initiative Coordinator
I am a cultural and historical geographer interested in race relations, public memory, popular culture, and heritage tourism in the U.S. South. Much of my work focuses on the rights of African Americans to claim the power to commemorate the past and shape cultural landscapes as part of a broader goal of social and spatial justice.
Stefanie Benjamin PhD
Stefanie is an Assistant Professor in the Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management department in the College of Education and Health and Human Performance at the University of Tennessee. Her research interests include social justice issues in tourism around race, gender, and people with disabilities in addition to film-induced tourism. She is a certified qualitative researcher exploring visual methodologies and social media analysis.
Carol Kline PhD
Carol works with Dr. Dana Clark in the Hospitality and Tourism Management program. She teaches the introductory class for the program, a Food & Beverage Management course, and developed the Department's first Sustainable Tourism course. Carol has co-directed many study abroad programs to Ghana and to Cuba; her most recent course was in June 2015 to the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. She is excited to begin working this coming year with students on developing their internship plans. Her research interests focus broadly on tourism planning and development and tourism sustainability but cover a range of topics such as foodie segmentation, craft beverages, agritourism, animal welfare in tourism, tourism entrepreneurship, niche tourism markets, and tourism impacts to communities. Additionally, she is part of a network of researchers who focus on Race, Ethnicity, & Social Equity in Tourism (RESET), an effort headed by Dr. Derek Alderman at the University of Tennessee.
David L. Butler PhD
David L. Butler, Ph.D. is a tenured full professor in the Department of Political Science, International Development, and International Affairs at The University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Butler has a doctorate in Geography from the University of Cincinnati, a Master’s of Science in Geography from Texas A&M University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University. His research interests include: aviation, space, technology, disaster resilience, call centers, and race and tourism. Dr. Butler has published over 20 articles and books, given over 50 presentations and has over $2.7 million dollars of external funding on research projects during his career. Dr. Butler has also provided congressional testimony and expert testimony on call centers and the US airline industry as well as being interviewed by national news outlets such as CNN and NPR.
Perry Carter PhD
Department of Geosciences, Texas Tech University
My research interests include human, social, urban and economic geography. Specific interests include geographies of consumption, travel and tourism, space and its role in the construction of racial identity, geographic methodologies.
Matt Cook PhD
Matthew Cook, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Historic Preservation and Cultural Geography at Eastern Michigan University as of Fall 2016. He studied cultural and historical geography at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville culminating in his dissertation, "A Critical Historical Geography of Slavery in the US South." Dr. Cook's continuing academic interests build on his dissertation, focusing on geographies of memory, historical interpretation, and race relations in the U.S. His ongoing research project addresses how museums around the country respond to expanding geographies of racism and racial violence. Focusing specifically on African American historical and cultural narratives, the project is part of long-term study that asks, “What is the role of the museum in the 21st century?” and “How do American museums change and adapt their narrative emphases in response to contemporary events?”
Alana Dillette PhD
Alana Dillette is an Assistant Professor in the Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at San Diego State University. Originally from the islands of The Bahamas, she is always trying to maintain her connection to home through research on sustainable tourism initiatives for small island states. Her other research interests include issues around diversity and inclusion, more specifically looking at the intersection between tourism, race, gender & ethnicity. Currently, she is working on research to gain a better understanding of the African-American travel experience.
Steve Hanna PhD
Stephen P. Hanna, Professor of Geography at the University of Mary Washington and Fellow of the American Association of Geographers (AAG), holds a Ph.D. (1997) in geography from the University of Kentucky, an M.A. (1992) in geography from the University of Vermont, and a B.A. (1987) in geography from Clark University. He is a human geographer who has been recognized for his research on heritage tourism landscapes, race and the politics of memory, and cartography. His published works on these topics include the co-edited books Mapping Tourism (2003) and Social Memory and Heritage Tourism Research Methodologies (2015). He has also written or co-written numerous articles, often with UMW students, that have appeared in Progress in Human Geography, Social and Cultural Geography, Cartographica, the Journal of Heritage Tourism, ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, Historical Geography, Urban Geography, and the Southeastern Geographer. Dr. Hanna is also the Cartography Editor for the AAG and has, along with his students, have prepared more than 100 maps for publication in academic books and journals as well as for news outlets such as the Washington Post and the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Kang "Jerry" Lee PhD
Dr. KangJae “Jerry” Lee (이강재: 李康在) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management at North Carolina State University. Previously, he was a faculty member in the Department of Parks, Recreation, & Tourism at the University of Missouri. Lee holds a Ph.D. and M.S. degree from the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University.
Lee’s scholarly activities have focused on the issues on social justice, diversity, racial discrimination, subjective well-being, and interracial interaction in the context of park, recreation, tourism, and sport. His research and teaching have been recognized by Golden Apple Award in Excellent Teaching and Mentorship at the University of Missouri, the U.S. Senator Phil Gramm Doctoral Fellowship, Diversity Scholarship from National Recreation and Park Association, and Korean American Scholarship Foundation.
Arnold Modlin PhD
Dr. Modlin is an Assistant Professor of Geography and the Director of International Studies, Service Learning and Civic Engagement at Norfolk State University. He is a cultural and historical geographer who researches the connections of memory, emotions and senses in making and reinforcing racial identities at museums and historic places in the U.S. South and the Caribbean. While seeing race as a social construct, Dr. Modlin sees racism as a reality with sharp teeth. He is currently focusing his scholarly and activist efforts on dissecting and challenging the ways in which racism is recreated and reinforced despite seeming advances in civil and personal rights.
I am Nicole Moore, Public Historian, Blogger, Consultant and Interpreter of Slave Life.
My initial plan for life was to become a Clinical Psychologist. I loved to help people work through their problems. The only thing was, I was not a fan of the multiple schools of thought that Psychology brought on, and likewise, they weren’t fans of my work either. But I had a nifty minor in History that I loved and so I managed to graduate with a B.A. in Psychology (I’m no quitter!) and held that minor in History from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2004.
Amy Potter PhD
Amy E. Potter has a Ph.D. in Geography from Louisiana State University. She is an Assistant Professor in Geography in the Department of Geology and Geography at Georgia Southern University in Savannah, Georgia. Most of her research connects to the larger themes of cultural justice and Black Geographies in the Caribbean and U.S. South where she has conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork. On the island of Barbuda, she explored the complex relationship between transnational migrants to their common property, while also examining how tourism is transforming Barbudan’s sense of place. Her most recent research examines racialized heritage landscapes in the U.S. South, particularly at plantations and urban house museums. She has published in the Geographical Review, Journal of Heritage Tourism, Historical Geography, Island Studies Journal, and The Southeastern Geographer. She is also a co-editor of Social Memory and Heritage Tourism Methodologies (Routledge).
Paige Viren PhD
Associate professor of recreation and leisure studies at East Carolina University, and undergraduate students in recreation and park management, as well as graduate students in sustainable tourism