Portrait of Dr. Blake C. Scott, Ph.D.

Blake C. Scott, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of International Studies


About Dr. Scott

  • Education

    Ph.D. in History, University of Texas at Austin   
    M.A., University of Georgia   
    B.A., Florida State University 

  • Research Interests

    Historian, writer, associate professor of International Studies, Blake is interested in the diverse cultures and ecologies that make up the Caribbean and the US South. He teaches introductory and advanced courses in the International Studies Program, examining issues of cultural and economic globalization, travel and migration, and global environmental change. In addition to many essays and articles, he is the author of the book Unpacked: A History of Caribbean Tourism (Cornell University Press) and co-editor of Port Cities of the Atlantic World: Sea-Facing Histories of the US South (University of South Carolina Press). In support of his research, he has received fellowships from the Fulbright Program, the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Texas at Austin, and the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs at the College of Charleston.

    For access to Blake’s writing and course syllabi, visit: Blake C Scott | College of Charleston - Academia.edu

  • Courses Taught

    Introduction to International Studies   
    Global Environmental Challenges: Past, Present, Future   
    U.S.-Latin American Relations   
    Caribbean Crossroads: People, Ideas, and Goods on-the-move   
    Tourism and Island Systems: An Assessment of Sustainable Practices   
    Deconstructing Tourism: History, Culture, and the Question of Sustainability   
    Environmental Commons in Global Perspective 

  • Selected Publications

    Port Cities of the Atlantic World: Sea-Facing Histories of the US South, co-edited with Jacob Steere-Williams. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2023

    “Reimagine a Charleston tourism industry that benefits residents,” The Post & Courier, January 5, 2023.    

    Unpacked: A History of Caribbean Tourism. Itacha: Cornell University Press, 2022.   

    “River Meditations: A Journey into Environmental Education,” with Merrie Koester, The Journal of Sustainability Education, Vol. 25, (September 11, 2021): 1-10.   

    “From the Rainforest to the Moon and Back: Or how one indigenous community joined the international tourist economy,” The Caribbean Writer, Volume 33, (Fall 2019): 244-248.   

    “Discussion: Tourism and Diplomacy,” with Shelley Baranowski, Lisa Pinley Covert, Bertram M. Gordon, Richard Ivan Jobs, Christian Noack, and Adam T. Rosenbaum, Journal of Tourism History, Volume 11, No. 1, (January 2019): 63-90.   

    “Revolution at the Hotel: Panama and Luxury Travel in the Age of Decolonisation,” Journal of Tourism History, Volume 10, No. 2, (June 2018): 146-164.   

    “Tourism in the History of U.S. Foreign Relations,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History, (June 2017): 1-25.    

    “From Disease to Desire: The Rise of Tourism at the Panama Canal,” Environmental History, Volume 21, No. 2 (March 2016): 270-277.  Translated by Dr. Mónica Kupfer, “De la enfermedad al deseo: El surgimiento del turismo en el Canal de Panamá,” Revista Panameña de Política, Volume 25, (December 2018): 79-87.   

    “More than a Natural Disaster: Puerto Rico in the Aftermath of History’s Storm,” The Huffington Post, December 2017.