Sharon Bohn Gmelch earned her PhD in
cultural anthropology from the University of California at Santa
Barbara. Her interests include visual anthropology, gender,
ethnicity, and tourism. She is the author of eight books including
Nan: The Life of an Irish Travelling Woman (1986/91),
which was a finalist for anthropology's Margaret Mead
award, and The Tlingit Encounter with Photography (2008).
She also co-produced an ethnographic film on the Tlingit. She has
conducted research in Ireland, Barbados, Alaska, and the Napa
Valley and recently published Tasting the Good Life: Wine
Tourism in the Napa Valley (2011, with George Gmelch). She is
currently engaged in a cross-cultural study of tour guides.
She teaches courses on women, the museum, visual anthropology, and
tourism, and an intersession term on culture and the
Ph.D, University of California at Santa Barbara
Office Hours: By appointment