Rachel F. Giraudo is Professor of Anthropology at California State University, Northridge, where she teaches courses on cultural heritage, tourism, ethnographic methods, and the anthropology of gender. Her research addresses the role of social identity in making cultural heritage claims, tourism as a form of economic and social development, and community-based participatory research. She has conducted long-term field work in Botswana (Southern Africa) and is currently engaged in collaborative research with cannabis cultivators in California to help define legacy cannabis genetics. She has published her research findings in journals and edited volumes, including Museum Worlds, International Journal of Heritage Studies, Indigenous Tourism Movements, World Heritage Sites and Tourism: Global and Local Relations, and Routledge Handbook of Global Citizenship Studies.
Dr. Giraudo, a first-generation college student, has benefitted from several scholarships, fellowships, and grants to support her studies throughout higher education and her research including a UC Regents’ Scholarship, a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, a Fulbright IIE grant, and most recently, as a Co-PI on a Research Grant from the California Department of Cannabis Control. She welcomes the opportunity to guide students on how to pursue similar funding opportunities.
- Ph.D. 2011, University of California Berkeley
- M.A. 2004, University of California Berkeley
- M. Phil 2002, University of Cambridge
- B.A. 2001, University of California Berkeley
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