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Carla Santos

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Contact Information

104 Huff Hall
1206 S Fourth
M/C 584
Champaign, IL 61820
Head, Recreation, Sport and Tourism
Professor, Recreation, Sport and Tourism


Dr. Santos is a Professor and Department Head in the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism


Research Interests

Her research interests include:

  • Socio-cultural and political aspects of tourism
  • Cultural sustainability
  • Heritage and tourism
  • Genealogical tourism
  • The personalized worlds of experience guided by tourism representations
  • The ideological forces that shape and organize tourism representations


Research Description

Dr. Santos' research program is focused on the examination of communicative practices (from mass mediated narratives to the face-to-face dyad) as a means of addressing the socio-political and cultural impact of tourism on the world's people and cultures.


2002 Ph.D. Mass Communications, The Pennsylvania State University

1998 M.A., Speech Communication, University of North Dakota

1993 B.A., Mass Communication (Advertising), French and Spanish, University of North Dakota