Interim Provost and Professor, International Political Economy
Nick earned his BA degree in International Studies as a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and earned his graduate degrees in Geography at the University of Toronto and University of British Columbia. Nick’s current teaching interests include the political economy of international tourism, international development, and the political economy of Southeast Asia. His research interests center on the relationship between tourism, environmental sustainability, and personal values. Nick has conducted research in southern Thailand on the impact of ecotourism on community development, the spatial and temporal relationship between ecotourism and mass tourism, and motivational and behavioral differences between ecotourists and mass tourists. Nick has also published research on the role of tourism in elephant conservation in northern Thailand, and the relationship between volunteer tourism and development in Thailand.