Director, Asian Studies and Global Development Studies
Distinguished Professor, International Political Economy (IPE)
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.
University of British Columbia, PhD, Geography, 1998
University of Toronto, MA, Geography, 1994
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA, International Studies, 1992
GDS 400, Research Seminar in Global Development Studies
IPE 101, Introduction to International Political Economy
IPE 311, Political Economy of International Development
IPE 323, The Political, Economic, and Social Context of International Tourism
IPE 333, Political Economy of Southeast Asia
IPE 401, Senior Thesis Seminar
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