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Emma J Walcott-Wilson is a lecturer in the Department of History and Geography. She is a cultural and historical geographer with specialties in southern heritage tourism, qualitative research methods and interpretations of slavery, race and gender at historic sites. 

Classes Taught

Regional Geography of the World (GEO 2303)

History of the United States to 1877 (HST 1843)

Latin American Geography (GEOG 3143)

Education and Certifications

Ph.D. Geography, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 2020.  Dissertation title: Tour Guides as Place-makers: Emotional Labor, Plantation Aesthetics, and Interpretations of Slavery at Southern House Museums 

M.A.  Geography, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 2015.  Thesis title: The Hearts of the Home: Volunteer Educators and Narratives of Place in a Civil War Household 

B.S.  Geography, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO, 2013.  Minor: History

Office Hours

Virtual office hours for the time being! Contact by email (or check D2L if a current student) to join Zoom Student Hours (MW 2-3) or text chat Student Hours 11 a.m.-noon Tuesday and 4-6 p.m. Thursday.

Professional and Community Involvement

Tourism RESET (Race, Ethnicity, and Social Equity in Tourism) Research Fellow 2015-present

Treasurer/secretary of the Cultural Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

Walcott-Wilson, E.J. (2019) Cultivating Memoryscapes: The Politics of Language at PlantationHouse Museums in the American South. In: Brunn S., Kehrein R. (eds) Handbook of the Changing World Language Map. Springer, Cham

Walcott-Wilson, E.J. (2017), The Empathy Gap: An Ethnography of Volunteer Tour Guides and the Language of Affective Interpretation. International Journal of the Inclusive Museum 10(2):37-47 ·

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