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Nancy G. McGehee

Nancy McGehee
362A Wallace Hall, Virginia Tech
295 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Nancy Gard McGehee, PhD is Professor and Co-editor of the Journal of Travel Research, the 2021 top-ranked impact factor journal in the area of tourism and Pamplin elite journal.  Her research focus is rural tourism development at both the domestic and international levels. She has published over 49 refereed journal articles, 2 books and 5 book chapters. She is a Fulbright Specialist Program Awardee (Portugal, May 2015, Rural Tourism Development), received the Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Excellence in International Research in 2014, was cited as an Outstanding Woman in Travel Research by Women in Travel and Tourism International (WITTI) in April 2017, and received the Best Qualitative Research Methods Paper Award, TTRA Conference, June 2021.


Research Areas

  • International Tourism Development, including transformative and regenerative tourism
  • Volunteer Tourism
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Intersectionality of race, class, and gender, including the Black Traveler in America

Research methods

  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • In-depth interview analysis
  • Content Analysis
  • Ethnography
  • Community Capitals Analysis

Publications that best represent my research

  • Tucker, C., McGehee, N.G., and Harrison, A.K. (2023). Black Travel through the Lens of Legitimacy. Annals of Tourism Research. (accepted 10.5.22).*
  • Moayerian, N., Stephenson, M., and McGehee, N.G. (2022). Community Agency, Cultural Development and Sustainable Tourism. Annals of Tourism Research. (accepted 11/11/21).*
  • Simpson, S., Rahman, I., and McGehee, N.G. (2022). Breaking Barriers for Bangladeshi Female Solo Travelers. Tourism Management Perspectives.
    • Soulard, J., McGehee, N.G., Lamoureux, K. and Stern, M. (2021) Transformative Tourism: Tourists’ Drawings, Symbols, and Narratives of Change. Annals of Tourism Research. DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2021.103141 (accepted 1/7/21) *
    • Soulard, J., McGehee, N.G, and Knollenberg, W. (2020). Developing and Testing the Transformative Tourism Scale (TTS). Journal of Travel Research (accepted 3/4/20)*
    • Knollenberg, W., McGehee, N.G. and Perdue, R., and Andereck, K. (2020). We’re All in This Together: Understanding How Tourism Advocates Build Relationships across the Tourism Industry. Journal of Travel Research (accepted 12/18/19)*

* Pamplin elite list journal



  • HTM 2454 Travel and Tourism Management
  • HTM 3484 Socio-Cultural Impacts of Tourism


  • HTM 6434 Theories in Hospitality a Tourism Management

Professional Engagement


Professional Experiences

  • Co-editor, Journal of Travel Research, Pamplin Elite Journal 
  • Editorial Board member, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 2008-2021
  • Editorial Board member, Journal of Travel Research, 2004-2021
  • Associate Editor, Annals of Tourism Research, 2013-2021
  • Awards Judge, Tourism Cares for Tomorrow, 2019
  • Member, World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), 2018-19
  • Review Board member, Destinations International Accreditation, since 2018
  • Board of Directors member, Via International, San Diego CA/Tijuana Mexico, 2013-2018
  • Board of Directors member, University of Fondwa (UNIF-USA), Haiti, 2012- 2015
  • Committee member, Voluntourism Advisory Committee, The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), International Voluntourism Guidelines Project, 2010-2012
  • Advisory Board member, Good Travel.Org, Wellington, NZ, since 2015
  • Member, Travel and Tourism Research Association(TTRA), since 1991


  • PhD, Sociology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 1999
  • MA, Sociology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 1995
  • MS, PRTM, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
  • BA, Sports Marketing and Management , Marshall University, Huntington, VA


Honors and Awards

  • Best Qualitative Research Methods Paper Award, TTRA Conference, June 2021Outstanding Woman in Travel Research, Women in Travel and Tourism International (WITTI), April 2017
  • Fulbright Specialist Awardee, Portugal, May 2015
  • Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Excellence in International Research, 2014


  • McGehee, N.G., Tucker, C., and Braford, B. (2021) “Online Allies? Exploring the Black Travelers Perspective on the Legitimacy of the Tourism Industries Racial Injustice Advocacy Initiatives”. ICTAS Diversity and Inclusion Seed Investment Grant. $20,000. Awarded November 2021, implemented January 2022-July 2023.
  • McGehee, N.G. and Perdue, R.R., Enhancing the Competitiveness of the Virginia Tourism Industry Contract Extension. Virginia Tourism Corporation ($83,508), 2010
  • McGehee, N.G., Magnini, V., and Perdue, R.R. Enhancing the Competitiveness of the Virginia Tourism Industry:  A Blueprint for Strategic Planning and Development, Virginia Tourism Corporation ($56,536), 2009
  • McGehee, N.G. and Perdue, R.R., Feasibility Study for a New River Valley Regional Tourism Organization.  Virginia Tourism Corporation. ($50,000), 2008
  • Perdue, R.R., Understanding Market Sensitivity to Lift Ticket Prices at Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts, Inc. Broomfield, CO ($26,576), 2007



  • Destination: New York, New York. As they say in the Broadway musical “Hamilton,” it’s the greatest city in the world!

Food & Drink

  • Anything from home
Theory Collection Spring 2023.pdf