University at Albany

CHRISTINE VASSALLO-OBY

 

 

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Full-time Lecturer and
Undergraduate Program Director

Ph.D., University at Albany, Cultural Anthropology

My ethnographic research focuses on the topics of anthropological tourism studies including commodification of culture and space and the socioeconomic ramifications of cruise ship tourism in the Caribbean, specifically the Maya Rivera of the Eastern Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico.

My dissertation "Consumption and Commodification: Cruise Ship Tourism in Cozumel, Mexico" (2014) is centered on the U.S.-based cruise ship industry which includes Royal Caribbean International and Carnival Corporation. The focal point of this dissertation investigates the ways the local community of Cozumel negotiates, adapts, and reworks the constraints, opportunities, and challenges the U.S-based cruise ship industry has created on the island of Cozumel, Mexico.  Additionally, this text traces the historical development of the U.S.-based cruise ship industry and poses theoretical questions surrounding the use of space as a mechanism of control. 
Before joining the Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies in August of 2015, I graduated with a Ph.D. from the Cultural Anthropology Department in the University at Albany - SUNY in May 2014 and as a M.A. in LACS in 2008.  

Prior publications include:

  • Cruise Ship Tourism in Cozumel, Mexico: ‘Frios Como la Naturaleza de los Gringos lo Dice.’” SfAA News, February 2014.

  • Hedonism on the High Seas: Cruise Ship Tourism and Cozumel, Mexico.” Anthropology News, March 2013.

  • Forthcoming publications include:

  • Book Review. Imagined Globalization (Duke University Press, 2014) by Néstor García Canclini. Journal of Anthropological Research. University of New Mexico. Submitted October 2014.

  • Encyclopedia Contributor. “Cruise Lines” and “Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).” SAGE International Encyclopedia of Travel and Tourism. Linda Lowry and J. Geoffrey Goldson, eds. SAGE. Submitted December 2014. 

 

Contact information: cvassallo-oby@albany.edu - Social Science 248c - 518- 442-4891