Rachel F. Giraudo

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Full-Time Faculty
(818) 677-7767
Office location:
Sierra Hall, Room 240H



  • Ph.D., Anthropology with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality, University of California, Berkeley, 2011
  • M.A., Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, 2004
  • M.Phil., World Archaeology, University of Cambridge, 2002
  • B.A., Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, 2001

Courses Taught

  • 152 – Culture and Human Behavior
  • 462 – Anthropology of the Arts
  • 465 – Museum Anthropology: Principles and Practices
  • 468 – Cultural Heritage
  • 486 – Interrogating Globalization: The Ethnography of Global Problems 

Selected Publications and Presentations

forthcoming. World Heritage, Tourism Development, and Identity Politics. In World Heritage Sites and Tourism: Global and Local Relations. Laurent Bourdeau and Mike Robinson, eds. London: Routledge.

2010. Archaeotourism and the Crux of Development. Anthropology News 51(8):7–8. (with Benjamin W. Porter)

Research and Interests

•       Cultural heritage
•       Tourism
•       Development
•       Identity politics
•       Indigeneity
•       Globalization
•       Southern Africa

I have conducted ethnographic research in southern Africa since 2000 (Botswana and Zimbabwe). My most recent project examined the commodification of intangible heritage through tourism development at the Tsodilo World Heritage Site in Botswana. I was particularly interested in how contemporary identity politics of national citizenship, ethnicity, and indigeneity are evoked and managed as Botswana and other countries in the region increasingly turn to cultural and heritage tourism as sustainable development and economic diversification strategies.

I am also interested in the ethical implications of public-private partnerships in heritage management, cultural heritage as a “resource” within community-based natural resource management (CBNRM), and collaborative, community-based efforts in anthropological research.