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Christine Buzinde

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Associate Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 4020
Associate Director (ACD) & Associate Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 4020
Associate Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 4020
Biography

Prior to joining Arizona State University, Christine Buzinde was an assistant professor at Penn State University from July 2007 to July 2012. She joined the School of Community Resources and Development in August of 2012. Her research focuses on two areas: community development through tourism and the politics of tourism representations. Buzinde’s work on development adopts a grassroots approach and it aims to understand the relationship between community well-being and tourism development within marginalized communities. Tourism development has been proposed by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) as one of the tools through which the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) can be accomplished to enhance well-being within South nations.  However, questions of enduring interest posed within Buzinde’s research include: Are the well-being indicators, such those evidenced in the MDGs, (mis)aligned with wellbeing indicators articulated by communities in South nations? How does tourism development impact, if at all, the indicators articulated by communities in South nations? What is the cost to society of placing social welfare within a business paradigm and how does this varyingly impact the various generations within a given community? Buzinde’s work on the politics of tourism representations principally views tourism texts as cultural repositories through which issues of inclusion/exclusion, North/South and core/periphery can be understood. Scholarly explorations on tourism representations are central to our understanding of ways in which tourism is entangled with issues of power, oppression, agency and resistance. Buzinde has conducted research in the United States, Tanzania and Mexico. Her work has been featured in top tier academic journals within tourism studies and outside the field as well as at national and international conferences. She serves on the editorial board of Annals of Tourism Research and she is also a faculty affiliate in the Tourism Lab at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 

Education
  • Ph.D University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • M.A. University of Waterloo, Canada
  • B.A. Thompson Rivers University, Canada
Research Interests

Community development through sustainable tourism; community wellbeing; tourism representations; heritage tourism.

Publications
  • Buzinde, C.N., Kalavar, J., and Melubo, K. Community Well-being amongst the Masaai in Tanzania. Annals of Tourism Research (2014).
  • Buzinde, C.N., Kalavar, J., Kohli, N., and Manuel-Navarrete, D. Emic understandings of Kumbh Mela pilgrimage experiences. Annals of Tourism Research (2014).
  • Choi, Y., Buzinde, C.N., and Kim, Y. Visitor books and guest-generated discourses of hospitality: The case of the Hanok. Asia Pacific Journal of Tourism Research (2014).
  • Kalavar, J., Buzinde, C.N., and Melubo, K. Intergenerational differences in perceptions of heritage toursim among the Maasai of Tanzania. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology (2014).
  • Xu, L., Manuel-Navarrete, D., and Buzinde, C.N. Theorizing the Concept of Alienation in Tourism Studies. Annals of Tourism Research (2014).
  • Buzinde, C.N., Yoo, E.E., and Peterson, C.B. Authorizing Others: Portrayals of Middle Eastern Destinations in Travel Media. Travel Journalism: Exploring Production, Impact and Culture (2014).
  • Buzinde, C.N. Speaking for the Enslaved: Heritage Interpretation at Antebellum Plantation Sites, by Antoinette T. Johnson. Tourism, Culture and Communication, 1-4. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14766825.2013.818783 (2013).
  • Buzinde, C.N., and Manuel-Navarrete, D. Constructions of sense of place in tourist enclaves: The case of Mayan youth in the Mexican Caribbean. Annals of Tourism Research (2013).
  • . . Review of: Speaking for the Enslaved: Heritage Interpretation at Antebellum Plantation Sites (2013).
  • Buzinde, C.N., Xue, L., and Yarmenko, S. Corporate social responsibility and the millennium development goals: The case of Xel-Ha, Mexico. Sustainable Tourism and the Millennium Development Goals: Effecting Positive Change (2013).
  • Buzinde, C.N., and Yarnal, C. Therapeutic landscapes and postcolonial theory: A theoretical approach to medical tourism. Social Science and Medicine (2012).
  • Buzinde, C.N., Choi, Y., and Yasong, W.A. Tourism representations of Chinese cosmology. Annals of Tourism Research (2012).
  • Choi, Y., Buzinde, C.N., Kerstetter, D., and Graefe, A. The role of environmental attitudes in festival visitors’ decision-making process: The case of the Boryeong Mud Festival. Tourism Analysis (2012).
  • Xie, J., Kerstetter, D., Mattila, A, Buzinde, C.N., and Morais, D. Information usefulness versus ease of use: Which makes a destination website more persuasive?. Tourism Analysis (2012).
  • Buzinde, C. N., and Osagie, I. William Wells Brown: Fugitive subjectivity, travel writing, and the gaze. Cultural Studies (2011).
  • Buzinde, C.N., and Osagie, I. Slavery heritage representations, cultural citizenship and judicial politics in America. Historical Geography (2011).
  • Osagie, I., and Buzinde, C.N. Culture and postcolonial resistance: Antigua in Kincaid’s A small place. Annals of Tourism Research (2011).
  • Yoo, E.E. and Buzinde, C.N. Reception theory and the interpretation of televised travel shows: The case of the Middle East. Annals of Tourism Research (2011).
  • Buzinde, C.N. (2010). Discursive construction of the plantation past within travel guidebooks. Journal of Heritage Tourism (2010).
  • Buzinde, C.N., Manuel-Navarrete, D., Kerstetter, D. and Redclift, M. Representations and adaptation to climate change. Annals of Tourism Research (2010).
  • Buzinde, C.N., Manuel-Navarrete, D., Yoo, E.E., and Morais, D. Tourists’ perceptions in a climate of change: Eroding destinations. Annals of Tourism Research (2010).
  • Manuel-Navarrete, D., and Buzinde, C.N. Socio-ecological agency: From human exceptionalism to coping with exceptional global environmental change. Handbook of Environmental Sociology (2010).
  • Buzinde, C.N., and Santos, C. A. Interpreting slavery heritage tourism. Annals of Tourism Research (2009).
  • Yasong, W.A., Morais, D., and Buzinde, C.N. American media representations of China’s traditions and modernity. Tourism, Culture and Communication (2009).
  • Buzinde, C.N. Representations within coastal areas. Encyclopedia of Tourism and Recreation in Marine Environments (2008).
  • Buzinde, C.N., and Santos, C. A. Representations of slavery. Annals of Tourism Research (2008).
  • Santos, C.A., and Buzinde, C.N. Politics of identity and space: Representational dynamics. Journal of Travel Research (2007).
  • Semali, L. M., Ackerman, R. M., Bradley, S.G., Buzinde, C.N., Jaksch, M., Kalavar, J., Montecinos, V., and Chinoy, M. Developing excellence in indigenously- informed research: collaboration between African communities and the Academy. AlterNative: International Journal of Indigenous Scholarship (2007).
  • . . Review of: Communication research: Asking questions, finding answers (2007).
  • Buzinde, C.N. Representational politics of plantation heritage tourism: The contemporary plantation as a social imaginar. Globalizing Cultural Studies: Ethnographic Interventions in Theory, Method and Policy (2007).
  • Buzinde, C.N., Santos, C. A., and Smith, S.L.J. Ethnic representations: Destination imagery. Annals of Tourism Research (2006).
Research Activity
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
TDM 350Tourism, Rec & Sports Mktg
PRM 350Tourism, Rec & Sports Mktg
CSM 350Tourism, Rec & Sports Mktg
CRD 350Tourism, Rec & Sports Mktg
CRD 792Research
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
TDM 372Tourism Planning
TDM 493Honors Thesis
CRD 590Reading and Conference
CRD 599Thesis
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
TDM 350Tourism, Rec & Sports Mktg
PRM 350Tourism, Rec & Sports Mktg
CSM 350Tourism, Rec & Sports Mktg
TDM 492Honors Directed Study
CRD 599Thesis
CRD 690Reading and Conference
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
TDM 372Tourism Planning
CRD 590Reading and Conference
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
NLM 492Honors Directed Study
CRD 569Adv Tourism&Recreation Studies
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
TDM 350Tourism Marketing
TDM 372Tourism Planning
CRD 792Research
Presentations
  • Buzinde, C.N. Marketing in Contemporary Society. Fountain Hills High School. Fountain Hills, Arizona (Sep 2014).
  • Buzinde, C.N., Kalavar, J., Melubo, K. Tourism and Community Wellbeing among the Maasai of Tanzania. Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA), Brugges, Belgium (Jun 2014).
  • Buzinde, C.N. Best Practices in Eco-Tourism: Tourism Development focused on Community Well-being. Little Colorado River Navajo Chapters Social Entrepreneurship Strategy Session. Funded by ASU GIOS, (Feb 2014).
  • Buzinde, C.N., Kalavar, J., and Melubo, K. Tourism and Community Wellbeing among the Maasai of Tanzania. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) (Oct 2013).
  • Buzinde, C.N., Kalavar, J., and Melubo, K. Tourism and Community Wellbeing: An Indigenous Perspective. CRD 610 Sustainable Communities Class: School of Community Resources and Development, Phoenix, Ar (Oct 2013).
  • Kalavar, J., Buzinde, C.N., and Melubo, K. Tourism and Intergenerational relationships among the Maasai of Tanzania. The Gerontological Society of America's 65th Annual Scientific Meeting, (GSA), San Diego, CA (Nov 2012).
  • Kalavar, J., Buzinde, C.N., and Melubo, K. Tourism, Community Wellbeing and Intergenerational Relationships among the Maasai of Tanzania. Penn State University’s Interinstitutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge (ICIK), State Colleg (Oct 2012).
  • Buzinde, C.N. Planning for Success. Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA), Virginia Beach, VA (Jun 2012).
  • Kalavar, J., Buzinde, C.N., and Melubo, K. Intergenerational relationships among the Maasai of Tanzania. Africa Ecology Lecture Series, Penn State University, New Kensington Campus, New Kensington, PA (Mar 2012).
  • Buzinde, C.N., and Osagie, I. Senior Faculty Mentor Collaborative Research Seminar. Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity, Penn State University, University Park, PA (Oct 2011).
  • Usher, L, Chick, G., Kerstetter, D., Buzinde, C., and Morais, D. Is Surf Tourism a Factor In Community Well-Being? A Case Study of Las Salinas, Nicaragua. Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA), London, Canada (Jun 2011).
  • Yoo, E., and Buzinde, C.N. Deconstructing Tourism Representations of the Middle East: An Analysis of Televised Travelogues. International Critical Tourism Studies Conference, Wales (Jun 2011).
  • Buzinde, C.N. Commemorating the USCT Soldiers. The role of heritage tourism in unifying communities. USCT Initiative by the Governor’s PA Tourism Office, Penn State University, University Park, PA (Jul 2010).
  • Buzinde, C.N. Tourists’ Interpretation of Plantation Tourism: The Case of Hampton Plantation. Association of American Geographers (AAG). Washington, DC (Apr 2010).
  • Yoo, E., and Buzinde, C.N. Interpretations of Tourism Representation. The case of a Televised Travelogue on Saudi Arabia. Association of American Geographers (AAG). Washington, DC (Apr 2010).
  • Kalavar, J., Buzinde, C.N., Melubo, K., and Chick, G. An exploration of Cultural Tourism and Intergenerational Relationships among the Maasai of Tanzania. The Gerontological Society of America's 62nd Annual Scientific Meeting, (GSA), Atlanta, GA (Nov 2009).
  • Buzinde, C. N., Manuel-Navarrete, D., Kerstetter, D., and Yoo, E. Representations and Adaptation to Climate Change. Northeastern Recreation Research (NERR) Symposium, Bolton Landing, NY (Sep 2009).
  • Buzinde, C.N., Manuel-Navarrete, D., Kerstetter, D., Morais, D., and Yoo, E. Representations and Adaptation to Climate Change. Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA), Hawaii (Jun 2009).
  • Choi, Y., & Buzinde, C.N. Exotic Construction of Spatiality: the Case of Feng Shui Tours in China. Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA), Hawaii (Jun 2009).
  • Buzinde, C. N., Kalavar, J., Melubo, K., and M., Morais, D. Critical Indigenous Inquiry: Decolonizing Methodologies in Tourism Research. International Critical Tourism Studies Conference, Zadar, Croatia (Jun 2009).
  • Ogden, A., Morais, D. and Buzinde, C.N. Teaching Abroad Just Got a Whole Lot Easier: A Faculty Toolkit to Promote International Teaching Excellence. Penn State Schreyer’s Institute for Teaching Excellence, Penn State University, University Park, PA (Apr 2009).
  • Choe, J., Buzinde, C.N., and Blazey, M. The Motivations of Non-Buddhists Visiting a Buddhist Temple. Northeastern Recreation Research (NERR) Symposium, Bolton Landing, NY (Mar 2009).
  • Choi, Y., and Buzinde, C.N. xotic Construction of Spatiality: the Case of Feng Shui Tours in China. Northeastern Recreation Research (NERR) Symposium, Bolton Landing, NY (Mar 2009).
  • Buzinde, C.N. Representational politics within tourism: A research odyssey. Lecture Series, Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences, Texas A & M University, Colleg (Dec 2008).
  • Morais, D., Buzinde, C., Keller, J. & Ogden, A. Global Civic Engagement: Theory, Research and Application in International Education. Active Global Citizenship Conference, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, Lock Haven, PA (Nov 2008).
  • Buzinde, C. N. Representaciones de Turismo en Guatemala. Facultad Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales, Guatemala City, Guatemala (delivered in Spanish) (May 2008).
  • Buzinde, C.N. Balancing Heritage and Place Meanings: A Community Odyssey. Destination Pennsylvania: The Governor's Conference on Tourism 2008, Gettysburg, PA (Mar 2008).
  • Buzinde, C.N. Representational Politics of Plantation Heritage Tourism: The Contemporary Plantation as a Social Imaginary. International Critical Tourism Studies Conference, Split, Croatia (Jun 2007).
  • Buzinde, C.N., and Santos, C. The Hampton Plantation: State Engineered Amnesia. Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA), Las Vegas, Nevada (Jun 2007).
  • Buzinde, C.N. Journeying from Abhor to Adore: Representational Politics within Plantation Tourism. 2nd International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois (May 2006).
  • Belhassen, Y., Buzinde, C.N., Li, Z., Mowatt, R., Mulvaney, M., Reible, H., and Shinew, K. What we aren’t studying in leisure: A look ‘outside’ our field. The Canadian Congress on Leisure Research, Nanaimo, BC, Canada (May 2005).
  • Buzinde, C., Santos, C. A., and Smith, S. Experiencing the "Other": Destination imagery in multicultural Canada. The Travel and Tourism Research Association, Montreal, Canada (Jun 2004).
Service
  • Grand Canyon Trust, Presenter (2015 - Present)
  • ASU YSEALI, Program Director for Civic Engagement Fellows (2015 - Present)
  • Grand Canyon Trust, Presenter (2015 - Present)
  • Workload Committee, Member (2015 - Present)
  • Personnel Committee, Member (2014 - Present)
  • ASU/Vietnam Tourism Collaboration, Representative (2014 - Present)
  • Annals of Tourism Research, Reviewer (2013 - Present)
  • Journal of Leisure Research, Reviewer (2013 - Present)
  • International Journal of Tourism Anthropology (IJTA), Associate Editor (2009 - Present)
  • International Journal of Tourism Anthropology (IJTA), Associate Editor (2009 - Present)
  • Annals of Tourism Research, Associate Editor (2008 - Present)
  • Annals of Tourism Research, Associate Editor (2008 - Present)
  • Editorial Board of Recreation and Society in Africa, Asia and South America (RASAASA), Associate Editor (2008 - Present)
  • Editorial Board of Recreation and Society in Africa, Asia and South America (RASAASA), Associate Editor (2008 - Present)
  • Community Development, Reviewer (2014 - 2014)