Texas Tech University

Lauren Miller Griffith, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Ethnology
Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work

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 teaching interests:https://drgriffith.youcanbook.me/

Dr. Lauren Griffith interviewing Cyrilla Cho, Maya entrepreneur from the village of San Felipe, Belize.


I 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 Information

My 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/

My email address is <lauren.griffith@ttu.edu>

My mailing address is:
Lauren M. Griffith
Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work
Texas Tech University
Box 41012
2500 Broadway Avenue
Lubbock, TX 79409-1012

Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work