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Karen Schmelzkopf, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Scholarly interests: tourism, urbanization, maps and mapping, human geography

History and Anthropology
Howard Hall 336

Karen Schmelzkopf, Ph.D.

Dr. Schmelzkopf teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Human Geography, Tourism, History of Tourism, Urbanization, US Urban History, and Maps and Mapping.  She is finishing a book on celebrity, race, and fan sites as spaces of discourse.


Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University


Scholarly Articles

“Tourism in a Mobile Society: An Example from Vieques” , in Vujnovic, M and Mele, V. (ed.) Globalizing Cultures. Theories and Paradigms Revisited , Brill Academic Publishers, 2014 in press

“Sunshine paradise: a history of Florida tourism”, Journal of Tourism History,  4 (1), 2012, 113-116.”Scale and Narrative in the Struggle for Vieques, Puerto Rico,” in Goodman, M. Boykoff, M., and Evered, K. (ed), Environmental Contentions . Ashgate Press, 2008

Perceptions of Gender Differences in the Real Estate Profession, Advancing Women in Leadership, 2004, 10 (1) (First author with Don Moliver)

“Incommensurability, Land Use, and the Right to Space: Community Gardens in New York City.” Urban Geography 23, 2002, 323-343.

“Landscape, Ideology and Religion: A Geography of Ocean Grove, New Jersey.” Journal of Historical Geography 28, 2002, 589-608.

“Interdisciplinary and the Geography of Tourism,” Journal of Geography in Higher Education 26, 2002,181-195

“Urban Community Gardens as Contested Space,” Geographical Review, 1995, 85 (30), 364-381.

“The Abstraction of Schematic Representations from Photographs of Real-World Scenes”, Memory and Cognition, 1990, 8, 543-554 (with H. Hock)


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