Lauren Miller Griffith, Ph.D.
I am an assistant professor of anthropology at Texas Tech University. I joined the
faculty in 2016 and teach courses in cultural anthropology, anthropological theory
and method, Latin America, performance, and tourism. Please email me or schedule a
meeting with me at the following site if you would like to discuss my research or
EducationI received my Ph.D. (2010) and my M.A. (2008) degrees in cultural anthropology from Indiana University. My B.A. in anthropology was awarded at Texas A&M University (2003).
My research takes an interdisciplinary approach to tourism, embodiment & performance
in Latin America and the U.S. My first book, In Search of Legitimacy: How Outsiders
Become Part of the Afro-Brazilian Capoeira Tradition (Berghahn Books, 2016), examines
the Afro-Brazilian martial art capoeira and its international practitioners. I coined
the term “apprenticeship pilgrimage” to describe the journeys non-Brazilian capoeiristas
make to Brazil as a way of alleviating anxieties about their ability to embody a foreign
cultural tradition.Apprenticeship Pilgrimage is also the focus of a second book that
I am currently working on with co-author Jonathan Marion. My writings have also appeared
in the Journal of Sport and Tourism, Annals of Tourism Research, and Theatre Annual.
More recently, I have begun researching how tourism affects communities in Belize. I am interested in things like how tourist demand for eco-friendly accommodations influences local subsistence practices. I am also continuing my inquiry into the nature of authenticity by looking at tourists' perceptions of heritage tourism attractions in small Maya communities. As a faculty member at Texas Tech, I look forward to bringing students with me to assist with these investigations.
Contact InformationMy office is Holden Hall 275. Although I do hold regular office hours, I can best meet your needs if you schedule a meeting in advance and let me know what you wish to discuss. You can schedule a meeting with me at the following website: https://drgriffith.youcanbook.me/
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Lauren M. Griffith
Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work
Texas Tech University
2500 Broadway Avenue
Lubbock, TX 79409-1012