Carter A. Hunt 

photo of Carter Hunt

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

801 A Donald H. Ford Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802


(fax) 814-867-1751


Postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental Anthropology, Stanford University, Department of Anthropology & Woods Institute for the Environment, 2009-2012
Ph.D., Texas A & M University, Recreation, Park and Tourism Science (Tourism Resource Development), 2009
M.S., Texas A & M University, Recreation, Park and Tourism Science (Natural Resource Management), 2003
B.A., University of Kentucky, Psychology, 1997

Research Interests

Tourism-supported biodiversity conservation and sustainable community development, impacts of tourism on both destination communities and on travelers, environmental anthropology, Latin America.

Selected Publications

Hunt, C. A. (in press).  A Political Ecology of Tourism in the Shadow of an Inter-Oceanic Canal in Nicaragua:  Displacing Poverty or Displacing Social and Environmental Welfare?  Political Ecology & Tourism (eds.Sanjay Nepal & Jarkko Saarinen).  Routledge Studies in Political Ecology.

Marcinek, A.**, & Hunt, C.A. (in press).  Social Capital, Ecotourism, and Empowerment in Shiripuno, Ecuador.  International Journal of Tourism Anthropology.

Hunt, C.A., Menke, C., & Durham, W. (2015).  Social Capital in Development:  Bonds, Bridges and Links in Osa and Golfito, Costa Rica.  Human Organization, 74(3), 217-229.

Ardoin, N., Wheaton, M., Bowers, A., Hunt, C.A., and Durham, W.  (2015).  Nature-based tourism's impact on environmental knowledge, attitudes, and behavior:  a review of the literature Journal of Sustainable Tourism,  23(6), 838-858.

Hunt, C.A., Driscoll, L., Honey, M., & Durham, W.  (2015).  Can Ecotourism deliver real economic, social and environmental benefits?  A study of the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica.  Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 23(3), 339-357.

Hunt, C.A., & Stronza, A. (2014).  Stage-based tourism models and resident attitudes towards tourism in an emerging destination in the developing world.  Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 22:2, 279-298.

Stronza, A., & Hunt, C.A. (2012).  Visions of Tourism:  From Modernization to Sustainability.  Practicing Anthropology, 34:3, 19-22.

Hunt, C., & Durham, W. (2012).  Shrouded in a Fetishistic Mist:  Commoditization of Sustainability in Tourism.   International Journal of Tourism Anthropology, 2:4, 330-347.

Hunt, C., & Stronza, A. (2011) Missing the Forest for the Trees?  Incongruous Local Perspectives on Ecotourism in Nicaragua Converge on Ethical Issues.  Human Organization, 70:4, 376-386.

Hunt, C. (2011).  Passport to Development?  Local Perceptions of the Outcomes of Post-Socialist Tourism Policy and Growth in Nicaragua.  Tourism and Hospitality:  Planning & Development, 8:3, 265-279.