Prof. Carla Santos is Head of the Department of Recreation, Sport, and Tourism and Director of the European Union Center at the University of Illinois. 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.
Her research interests include:
- 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