Graduate students

Tanner Caterina-Knorr is a first year Ph.D. student at the School of Community Resources and Development, concentrating in Sustainable Tourism. He is working as a Teaching Assistant and a Graduate Research Assistant at the Center for Sustainable Tourism at ASU. Tanner holds a Bachelor’s in Archaeology and a Master’s in Administrative Studies, concentrating in Economic Development and Tourism Management from Boston University. Tanner is the Owner & Founder of Off Season Adventures, President of Second Look Worldwide, Communications Manager for EplerWood International, Treasurer of Impact Travel Alliance, and was a Teaching Assistant at Harvard Extension. His research interests include sustainable destination management, overtourism, community development through tourism, ecotourism, and connecting concepts of sustainable tourism development to a variety of different industries. He can be reached at tannercknorr@asu.edu

 

Connor Clark is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in the School of Community Resources and Development and a researcher at the Center for Sustainable Tourism. Prior to beginning his doctoral education, Connor received a Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University in Latin American Studies and a Master of Science from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Global Management. His prior professional experience includes working in both the private and public sectors in areas of leadership, consulting, mentoring, sales, and marketing. Connor has a passion for economic empowerment and tourism. This passion is reflected in his previous work experience in Peru where he led efforts to secure a contract with the nation’s largest bank and thus allow SME bank customers to receive a quality business education. Connor also has a profound interest in tourism as an economic opportunity for communities and as a tool to share, enjoy, and protect natural and cultural resources. Connor’s research interests include community-based and small business tourism development, destination marketing, conservation, nature-based tourism, and best business practices for the tourism sector. His dissertation research is on "Ecological Restoration and Tourism Development as Agents of Bordering: A Case Study of the U.S.-Mexico Border". You can reach Connor at cwclark6@asu.edu

 

Daniel Clasen is a second-year Master's student in the Community Resources and Development program with a concentration in Tourism. He's interested in destination planning and development, particularly the relationship between tourism and community development. His thesis is exploring the emerging practitioner topic of 'Destination Development programs', as administered by State Tourism Offices within the U.S. The aim is to understand these programs in order to create resources that help improve current versions or support the creation of new programs through a lens of community capacity. He can be reached at danwclasen@gmail.com

 

Linsi He is a third-year Ph.D. student in the School of Community Resources and Development. She completed her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in tourism development at Yunnan University and earned a Master of Business Administration degree in tourism development from Yunnan University after working for several years. Her research and field investigation experience during her master's study has continually inspired her interest in tourism research. Her current research interests include community development, culture tourism, sustainable tourism, heritage tourism, and conservation. She can be reached at linsihe@asu.edu

 

Popi Irawan is a Ph.D. student at the School of Community Resources and Development with a concentration in tourism. Prior to his present doctoral education, he earned an M.Sc. in Tourism Studies at Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia. His research interests are the intersection of disaster and rural tourism management and resiliency of tourism stakeholders in disaster-prone destination, particularly in rural areas. He currently works as a junior teaching staff at the Department of Tourism, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He can be reached at pirawan@asu.edu.

 

Claire Kredens is a second-year Master's student in the Community Resources and Development program with a concentration in Tourism. Her interests lie in sustainable tourism/recreation development or improvement, lessening the environmental and sociocultural burden of tourism, nature-based tourism, conservation and development, and others. She would like to eventually work or research internationally in habitats threatened by climate change, human-wildlife conflict, or overtourism, or with developing communities who want to sustainably utilize the resources they have for tourism as means of economic development and/or conservation. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she double majored in Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability and Geography. She can be reached at ckredens@asu.edu

 

Boyu Lin is a third-year Ph.D. student in the School of Community Resources and Development and a researcher at the Center for Sustainable Tourism. Before his doctoral education, Boyu received a Bachelor of Arts from the Communication University of China in Digital Media Arts and a Master of Science from the University of Leicester in Business Management. His teaching experience as a lecturer includes working in the Tourism College of Beijing Union University. Boyu Lin has a passion for sustainable tourism, marketing in tourism, destination marketing, and social media in tourism. Boyu's current research interest also includes technology in tourism, such as AI and VR. You can reach Boyu at blin26@asu.edu.

 

Kim Pham is a Ph.D candidate in the School of Community Resources and Development. She achieved an M.S. degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism at the University of Missouri. Before coming to the USA for graduate study, Kim worked for several years as a Travel Consultant, Sales Manager, and Product Executive with travel agents in her country. She also worked as Pro-poor Tourism Project Officer for an international non-profit organization, helping ethnic people in Ha Giang province to develop home-stay services and other ecological, community-based tourism products. Kim has a great interest in sustainable tourism and community development through tourism. Kim’s current research interests include sustainable practices in tourism, impacts of tourism, tourism planning and implementation, destination marketing, travel planning, tourist behavior, and customer service. She can be reached at dtpham8@asu.edu

 

Elitsa Southern is a first-year Ph.D. student in the School of Community Resources and Development. Elitsa holds a Bachelor's degree in Cultural Studies from Sofia University in Bulgaria, and a Master of Science degree in Tourism, Heritage and Sustainability from the University of Glasgow, United Kingdom. Elitsa has worked in non-governmental organizations for the promotion of science and cultural heritage to the public, in the UNESCO National Committee for Bulgaria, and in the administrative offices of art, archaeology and education organizations. She gained knowledge and research experience on successful practices for heritage, nature-based and community-based tourism, and on sustainable tourism strategies to cope with climate change and other environmental issues in vulnerable destinations and Small Islands Developing States (SIDS). Her fieldwork in the wetlands of Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve in Romania guided her to discover that harmonizing the relationships between public and private sectors, and between cultural landscape and wilderness through sustainable tourism development, could lead to solutions for sustainability issues. Elitsa's research interests include heritage tourism and historical reenactment, traditional knowledge of local communities, sustainable tourism and sustainable agriculture for coping with environmental and climate change issues, and for sustainable development. You can reach Elitsa at eisouthe@asu.edu.

 

Additional CST student researchers:

Josephine Godwyll, Ph.D. student

Rebecca Varney, Master's student

 

Recent CST Graduates:

Jada Lindblom, Ph.D. completed her Ph.D. in Community Resources and Development in October 2020. Her dissertation is titled "Affective Impacts of Tourism in a Post-War, Re-Emerging Destination". She received her bachelor of arts degree in environmental studies from Scripps College and went on to work several years as an outdoor guide and educator in Alaska, Hawaii, and other western states. She completed her Master of Science degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism in 2013 at the University of Utah, focusing on Sustainable Tourism. She has broad experience working in the nonprofit sector, including managing a legal education association and most recently, promoting the preservation and adaptive use of historic buildings. Her rural New England upbringing has continually inspired and informed her interests in conservation, land use planning, and place attachment. Jada's current interests focus on the effects of tourism on host communities in post-war and post-disaster regions. Jada is currently a research assistant at Arizona State University’s Center for Sustainable Tourism and an instructor in the School of Community Resources and Development's Tourism Development and Management program. She can be reached at Jada.Lindblom@asu.edu 

Jendayi Edmeade, M.S. completed her Master's of Science in Community Resources and Development (emphasis in Sustainable Communities) in summer 2020. Her thesis was "An Exploration of Educators’ Roles for Building Social Resilience to Natural Disasters in Small Island Developing States". You may reach her at jedmeade@asu.edu

Casey Moran, M.S. completed her Master's of Science in Community Resources and Development (emphasis in Park and Recreation Management) in summer 2020. For thesis, Casey explored destination social carrying capacity through the lens of community residents. In Fall 2020, Casey will start her Ph.D. program at the University of Illinois. You may reach her at cdmoran3@asu.edu 

Seojin Lee, Ph.D. completed her Ph.D. in Community Resources and Development in December 2018. She holds an MBA with a concentration in marketing from Louisiana State University. Prior to graduate schools, she spent ten years in destination marketing at the Korea National Tourism Organization where she developed professional experiences in convention management and online marketing. Her research focuses on consumer behaviors and service design/experiences in tourism. She is particularly interested in applying information and communications technology to the tourism industry and designing tourist experiences to foster community benefits and sustainability practices. You may reach her at slee347@asu.edu 

Eunhye Grace Kim, Ph.D. completed her Ph.D. in Community Resources and Development in May 2019, with a major in Tourism Development and Management. She holds an MBA in hospitality and a bachelor of political science in journalism and communication. She was an instructor and faculty associate, and was involved in several research at the Center for Sustainable Tourism while she was pursuing her PhD at ASU. Now she works at the Central Connecticut State University as an Assistant Professor in the Tourism and Hospitality program. You may reach her at eunhye.kim@asu.edu.

Lana Olsen, Ph.D. received her Ph.D. in Community Resources and Development in May 2018. Her dissertation focused on international volunteer and host community engagement in a volunteer tourism youth education program in Moshi, Tanzania. Prior to receiving her doctoral degree, she graduated with her Master of Advanced Study in Sustainable Tourism degree from ASU in August 2014 after conducting her advanced project at the Musical Instrument Museum. During her tenure as graduate student, she worked as a research analyst for the Center for Sustainable Tourism (CST), and graduate assistant for the School of Community Resources and Development. Currently she is Faculty Research Associate for the CST, Founder and Curriculum Specialist for thetravelingvolunteer.com, and Co-founder and Consultant for Novetics, an educational consulting business. You may reach her at lmolsen1@asu.edu.

Maya Azzi, M.S. received her Master's of Science in Community Resources and Development in May 2017 with a focus in sustainable tourism development. Her thesis investigated mindfulness and traveler intention in regards to sustainable tourism, focusing on Sedona, Arizona. Her undergraduate degree was in environmental biology at Radford University. Upon graduating, Maya served as Rural Program Coordinator for Local First Arizona before moving to Tucson to work for University of Arizona's Science, Engineering, and Math Scholars (ASEMS) program. You can reach her at mazzi@email.arizona.edu.

Kari Roberg, M.S. works as Research Manager at the Arizona Office of Tourism, supporting Arizona tourism businesses and communities through travel. She graduated from ASU's School of Community Resources and Development masters program in May 2017, during which time she worked as a Research Assistant at ASU's Center for Sustainable Tourism. While there she researched business involvement with sustainable tourism practices, and community development through tourism in Arizona. Originally from the Chicago area, she has over ten years of experience in destination marketing at the city and county level, including managing visitor services, social media, and research. Her tourism industry experience also includes front desk management and tour services at a concessionaire of the National Park Service. She holds a bachelor of science degree in recreation, sport and tourism, with an emphasis on tourism management, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Reach Kari at kroberg@tourism.az.gov.

Are you interested in joining the CST?

Current and prospective graduate students specializing in tourism-related areas of study who have interest in joining the CST's research team should contact Dr. Christine Vogt, Center Director, at Christine.vogt@asu.edu.