College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Psychological Sciences
Dr. Griffith studies performance and tourism in Latin America and the U.S. Specifically, she focuses on the Afro-Brazilian martial art capoeira and how non-Brazilian practitioners use travel to Brazil to increase their legitimacy within this genre. Her work on capoeira has been published in Annals of Tourism Research, the Journal of Sport and Tourism, and Theatre Annual and is the subject of her first book. Dr. Griffith is currently working on a new book on apprenticeship pilgrimage and is expanding her research agenda to include cultural tourism among the Maya of Belize. Dr. Griffith received her Ph.D. in anthropology from Indiana University. Before joining TTU, she was an Assistant Professor in the Sociology & Anthropology Department at Hanover College.
Recent Scholarship: Griffith, L. In Search of Legitimacy: How Outsiders Become Part of the Afro-Brazilian Capoeira Tradition. New York: Berghahn Books.