Ann Reed

Adjunct Assistant Professor – Cultural Anthropologist

Research Interests

(Ph.D., Indiana University, 2006)

As a cultural anthropologist, Dr. Reed’s research interests have focused on the construction of diaspora African identity, heritage tourism, globalization, and political economy. Since the 1990s, she has carried out long-term field research in Ghana on topics related to the interface of culture and economics. Her most notable publication to date is Pilgrimage Tourism of Diaspora Africans to Ghana (2014), but she has also published in Museum Anthropology, and contributed book chapters for edited volumes on tourism, heritage, and diaspora from Palgrave MacMillan, Ashgate, Blackwell, and Routledge. She teaches courses in African and African American Studies, Anthropology, and International Studies.


  • (Forthcoming) “Unpackaging Boomtown Tropes: Insider/Outsider Dynamics in North Dakota’s Oil Patch,” In The Bakken Goes Boom: Oil and the Changing Geographies of Western North Dakota. William Caraher and Kyle Conway, eds. The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota.
  • (In Press 2015) “’Isn’t that Too Much Data?!’ Incorporating Surveys into Heritage Tourism Research Design,” (invited) Special Issue on “Emergent Integrative Research Strategies within Tourism Studies,” International Journal of Tourism Anthropology.
  • (In Press 2015) “The Social Life of the Castles: Inclusion, Exclusion, and Heritage Sites in Ghana,” In World Heritage, Tourism and Identity. Laurent Bourdeau, Maria Gravari-Barbas, and Mike Robinson, eds. Ashgate Publishing Limited.
  • 2015 “Volunteer Tourism: Popular Humanitarianism in Neoliberal Times” (Book Review), Tourism Planning & Development DOI:10.1080/21568316.2015.1015281.
  • 2015 “Reflecting on Student Learning: Ethnographic Research on North Dakota’s Oil Boom,” Community Connect: The Journal of Civic Voices.
  • 2015 “Of Routes and Roots: Paths for Understanding Diasporic Heritage,” In The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Heritage Research. Emma Waterton and Steve Watson, eds. Palgrave MacMillan.
  • 2014 Pilgrimage Tourism of Diaspora Africans to Ghana. Routledge.
    2014 “Ethnographic Encounters of the Digital Kind: Art and the Engagement of Digital
  • Anthropology,” (invited) Special Issue on “What is Digital Art?” North Dakota Quarterly. 2014 “Oral History Comments,” In The People and Places of Parshall, North Dakota. Parshall, ND Centennial Committee.
  • 2013 “Diaspora Tourism: The Heritage of Slavery in Ghana,” In A Companion to Diaspora and Transnationalism. Ato Quayson and Girish Daswani, eds. Blackwell.
  • 2012 “The Commemoration of Slavery Heritage: Tourism and the Reification of Meaning,” In The Cultural Moment In Tourism. Laurajane Smith, Emma Waterton, and Steve Watson, eds. Routledge.
  • 2011 Companion DVD (Ethnographic Film), Native American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Introduction. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.
  • 2011 “The Social Life of the Castles: Inclusion, Exclusion, and Heritage Sites in Ghana,” Proceedings of the First International Conference on World Heritage and Tourism: Managing for the Global and the Local. Quebec City: University of Laval. 2010 “The Long View on the Study of Indigenous Religions: Transcending Essentialisms,” The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies 15 (2).
  • 2010 “Which Heritage? The Construction of Place in Ghana’s Tourism,” In Heritage 2010: Heritage and Sustainable Development. Rogério Amoêda, Sérgio Lira, and Cristina Pinheiro, eds. Barcelos, Portugal: Green Lines Institute for Sustainable Development.
  • 2010 Companion DVD (Ethnographic Film), Native Peoples of the Northern Plains: An Interdisciplinary Introduction to American Indian Studies. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.
  • 2005 “Introducing Slavery-Heritage Tourism: Part II,” and “Indicative Bibliography I: Slavery-Heritage Tourism,” The Dark Tourism Forum,
  • 2004 “Sankɔfa Site: Cape Coast Castle and Its Museum as Markers of Memory,” Museum Anthropology 27 (1-2): 13-23.
  • 2000 “Indiana University’s Department of Anthropology: The Graduate Students’ Perspectives on the State of Feminism,” Voices 4 (1): 12-14.
  • 1999 “Women at the Crossroads: A Prostitute Community’s Response to AIDS in Urban Senegal” (Book Review), Africa Today 46 (2): 138-140.



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