February - April 2018
World Explorations Speaker Series

January 17, 2018
Recipient of the UNWTO Ulysses Laureate Award in Madrid Spain

Exhibits at the Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology

January 30-August 2, 2018
Imprisoned at Home: Reflections on Civil Liberties: The Incarceration  Japanese Americans at Tule Lake

February 14-March 22, 2018
Sacred Splendor: Religious Icons from the Judith E. Hilburg Collection




Valene's Smith's autobiography

Stereopticon: Entry to a Life of Travel and Tourism Research.



Published by Cognizant Communications as part of their Tourism Dynamics series.




Valene L. Smith © 2010-2015

Valene L. Smith



Department of Anthropology

CSU, Chico 95929-0400

EMAIL: Valene@valenesmith.com

Academic Background




PhD Anthropology-University of Utah, Salt Lake City (1966)

MA Geography-University of California, Los Angeles (1950)

BA Geography-University of California, Los Angeles (1946)

Honors and Awards

Named, Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology, California State University, Chico (2010)

Founding Chair, IUAES Commission on Tourism (1998)

Chair, Working Group on the Anthropology of Tourism, International Commission of Anthropological and Ethnographic Sciences (1993-2005)

Founding Member, International Academy for the Study of Tourism (IAST), United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Madrid, Spain (1988)

US Delegate to the Tourism Commission, International Geographical Union (1986-1992)

Outstanding Educator, Soroptimist International of the Americas (1983)

Outstanding Professor, California State Colleges and Universities (1981-82)

Chancellors’ Leave for Creative Activity (1969-70)

Fulbright Professor, University of Peshawar, Pakistan (1953-54)




Professor, Earth Sciences, Los Angeles City College (1947-67)

Professor, Anthropology, California State University, Chico (1967- 98)

Professor Emeritus and Research Professor, California State University (1998)

Community Service

Founding President, Chico Museum Association

Charter Member, Enloe Hospital Foundation Board of Directors (1986)

ATHENA Award for Community Service US Chamber of Commerce (1988)

California State University Foundation, Board of Governors (2001-10)


American Men and Women in Science

Who’s Who in America

2000 Women of the 20th Century


ConsultanciesMajor Symposia OrganizedTravel Industry ExperienceEnvironmental Assessment, Impact of Hydro-Electric Dam Construction on Wildlife Refuges, Akuyreri, Iceland: Regional Tourist Organization (1999Joint Seminar, Caribbean Tourism Organization and World Tourism Organization Trinidad and Tobago (1990)Chief, Sectoral Mission. Socio-Cultural Impacts, Boracay, Philippines. Madrid: World Tourist Organization, Resource Specialist, Tourism and Socio-Cultural Change in the Caribbean (1987)California Highway 89 Tourism Development Project, Battle Creek, Michigan: W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Sacramento, California: Job Training Development Program (1983-85)Tourism Bibliography, Washington DC: World Bank for Reconstructionand Economic Development(1975)INUPIAT PAITOT (Elder’s Heritage Workshop), Northwest Alaska Native Association (NANA), Kotzebue, Alaska (1976)Eskimo Point (Hudson Bay): Community Assessment. Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (DIAND), Ottawa, Canada-Sept. to November (1969).Symposia, Culture Change and Tourism, Society for Applied Anthropology, Tampa, Florida. April (2007)Symposia on Tourism, American Anthropological Assoc., San Jose, CA, Scholarly Activities. November (2006)FIVE Day Symposium, Tourism at the Crossroads, International Congress, Anthropological and Ethnographic Sciences, Williamsburg, VA. July (1998)Tourism Symposium, International Congress Anthropological and Ethnographic Sciences, Mexico City. July (1993)First International Tourism Symposium, Society for Applied Anthropology Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. April (1977)Tourism Symposium, American Anthropological Association, November, Washington, DC (1975)First National Symposium, Anthropology of Tourism; American Anthropological Association, November, Mexico City (1974)TIM Tours (Travel for Inquiring Minds), Los Angeles and Chico, CA (1955-present)Certified Travel Counselor (CTC), Institute of Certified Travel Counselors Wellesley, Massachusetts (1982-present)Owner and Manager, Jet-Age Travel Service, Los Angeles and Chico, CA (1959-79)International Tour Guide, American Express Company (1955-59)




Hosts & Guests Revisited: Tourism Issues of the 21st Century,
Smith, Valene L., and Brent, Maryann, Editors
Communication Corp., Putnam Valley, NY.

Smith, Valene L., Editor
HOSTS AND GUESTS: The Anthropology of Tourism. 1977.
Second Edition, 1989. University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, Pa.

Smith, Valene L., Senior Editor
17 Volumes


“Branding” Branson: World’s Largest Indoor Live Entertainment Center. In Special issue, Tourism and Entertainment. Tourism Recreation Research 33:2:185-94 (2008)

"Tourism-The Five Research Thresholds." In New Problems of Tourism College of Tourism and Hospitality Management in Warsaw, Poland pp 7-14 (2008)

"Adventure Tourism: Past, Present and Future." In J.Cukier, ed; Tourism Research: Policy, Planning and Prospects. Pp 63-88 Department of Geography Publication Series, University of Waterloo, Canada (2006)

"Adventure Cruising: Ethnography of Small Ship Cruising." In Ross K. Dowling. Ed. Cruise Ship Tourism, CAB International, Wallingsford and New York. Pp 240-511 (2006)

"9/11 Terrorism and the “New War”: The Tourism Markers. In Aramberri and Butler, Tourism Development: Issues for a Vulnerable Industry. Channel Publication Anthropology and the Travel Industry, T. Wallace, Ed., National Association of Practicing Anthropologists (NAPA), Bulletin 23; American Anthropological Assn. (2005)

"War and Tourism: An American Ethnography." Annals of Tourism Research 25:202-226 (2000)

Space Tourism: The 21st Century Frontier”. Tourism Recreation Research 25(3):5-15 (2000 )

"War and Its Tourist Attractions." In Pizam & Mansfeld; Tourism, Crime and International Security Issues. Wiley pp 231-246 (1996)

"The Inuit as Hosts: Heritage and Wilderness Tourism" in Nunavut M. Price; People and Tourism in Fragile Environments. London; Wiley, pp 33-50 (1996)

"Privatization in the Third World: Small Scale Tourism Enterprises." In Critical Issues In Global Tourism: The Next Decades. W. Theobald, Ed. New York: Butterworth Heinemann pp 163-174 (1994)

"Sustainable Development in Antarctica: Science and Industry." Annals of Tourism Research 21:2 (1994)

"Jackowski & Smith. Polish Pilgrim-Tourists," Annals of Tourism Research 19:1:92-106 (1992)

Editor, with W. Eadington; Tourism Alternatives: Problems and Potentials for the Development of Tourism. Philadelphia, Univ. of Pennsylvania Press (1992)

Guest Editor: Special Issue on Pilgrimage and Tourism; Annals of Tourism Research and The Quest in Guest (Introduction) 19:1:1-17 (1992)

"Women: The Taste-Makers in Tourism." Annals of Tourism Research 6:1:49-60 (1979)

"Tourism and International Exchange Programs". Annals of Tourism Research 5:4:486-90 (1978)

"Tourism and Culture Change." Annals of Tourism Research 3:122-26 (1976)

"A Manual for Travel;" European Travel Geography, Lucas Bros. (1956)

"Travel Geography Courses for a New Field." Journal of Geography III:2:68-73 (1953)