Professor George Gmelch

George Gmelch

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


George Gmelch is professor of Anthropology at the University of San Francisco. He did his undergraduate work at Stanford and his PhD at UCSB. He is a cultural anthropologist who studies culture change, migration, mobile workers, tourism, and sport cultures. He has done long term field research among Irish Travellers, English Gypsies, Alaskan natives, Caribbean villagers and tourism workers, and return migrants in Ireland, Newfoundland and Barbados. He is the author of 13 books and has written widely for general audiences, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Psychology Today, and Natural History. His Irish research has been the subject of an acclaimed documentary film, Unsettled – From Tinkers to Travellers.

Research Areas

  • Tourism, sport cultures, and migration


  • Co-director, Cultural Anthropology


  • PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara