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Charis Tucker

Doctoral student

Charis Tucker is a Ph.D. student in the Howard Feiertag Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Virginia Tech University. Her research interests intersect race and tourism which she uses to explore topics related to the history of Black travel, tourism marketing (traditional and social media) and tourism entrepreneurship.  

Expected Graduation



On the Job Market


Research Areas

  • Tourism Marketing
  • Legitimacy Theory 

Research Methods

  • Qualitative methods 

Teaching Assistant Roles

  • HTM 2454 Travel and Tourism Management, instructor: Nancy McGehee, PhD


  • MS, Sustainable Tourism, East Carolina University, 2015
  • MAED, Adult Education, East Carolina University, 2011
  • BS, Elementary Education, East Carolina University, 2003




  • Diversity Abroad, academic conference, most recently 2020         
  • NAFSA, academic conference, most recently 2019

Honors and Awards

  • Virginia Tech University, Pamplin Diversity Award, 2021


  • VT Engage: The Center for Leadership and Service Learning, Life & Leisure: A Digital PhotoVoice Project. Tourism in Montgomery County, VA., $750, 2020-2021

Professional Experiences

  • Member, Staunton, VA Tourism Advisory Board, 2018-2020
  • Member, TTRA, since 2021


  • "Life is best by the beach!"

Food & Drink

  • Dim Sum, an assortment of the best Chinese dishes you can get shared with friends/family; what more can you ask for!