Biography

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.

Appointments
Co-director, Cultural Anthropology
Education
PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara
Research
Tourism, sport cultures, and migration