Alana Seaman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Alana SeamanA Nebaska native, Alana Seaman earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the College of Saint Mary in nearby Omaha where she was also a varsity cross-country athlete. On graduation day, she moved to Lake Tahoe, Nevada/California to work as a children’s ski instructor. After several seasons of working various jobs in the tourism industry at Lake Tahoe, she became the Director of Home Services for Incline Property Management where she managed vacation homes and on-site events for celebrity clientele, and worked with local historic sites to maintain area properties for the better part of eight years. During her time with Incline Property Management, she earned a Masters of Science in Recreation, Sports, and Tourism from the University of Illinois. 

With an interest in history and a background in tourism, Seaman was motivated to pursue a doctorate degree focusing on heritage tourism. She earned her Ph.D. in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management from Clemson University where her dissertation research examined the connections between literature, place, and tourist performance (or what people ‘do’ while traveling).

Today her research interests are still focused on the links between popular culture (particularly literature, film, and television) and tourism, heritage tourism, semiotics, place-making, tourist performance, and humanistic geography. Dr. Seaman was recently appointed Secretary/Treasurer of the Media and Communications Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers.