Eric McGuckin

Faculty Coordinator

Saturday Hybrid BA Liberal Studies at SSU
Eric McGuckin


(707) 664-3177



Following interdisciplinary training in anthropology including religious studies, politicaI-economy, and archeology, I conducted two years of ethnographic research in India, Nepal, and Tibet in the 1990’s. My dissertation focused on the impacts of tourism and globalization on Tibetan artistic and religious culture. While tourism, Tibetan exiles, and global politics have been the main subjects of my academic writing, since joining the faculty at Sonoma State, I have been primarily dedicated to teaching and advising. The Hutchins School has afforded me the opportunity to develop coursework in a broad range of subjects that interest me, much of it outside my academic “discipline," such as Death and Dying, Conspiracy Theories, and the Anthropology of Humor. I am honored to serve the student based practices of the Hutchins School in the LIBS Saturday Degree Completion Program with working adult students!


Selected Publications & Presentations

2008 “Conspicuous Experience: Extreme Travel and Competitive Leisure in the 21st Century,” In Loisir et Liberté en Amerique du Nord, Pierre Lagayette, ed., pp. 187-194. Paris: University of Paris Press.2005 “Traveling Paradigms: Marxism, Poststructuralism, and the Uses of Theory“ Anthropologica: Journal of the Canadian Anthropology Association 47(1): 67-79.
2002 “A World to Win? The Communist Manifesto in the Postmodern Canon,” In Universality and History: Foundations of Core, Thompson and Colson, eds., pp. 27-33. University Press of America.
1997 “Tibetan Carpets: From Folk Art to Global Commodity.” Journal of Material Culture 2(3): 291-310.
1996 “Serious Fun in Shangri-La: Gender, Tourism, and Ethnic Relations in a Tibetan Refugee Settlement,” In Anthropology for a Small Planet, A. Marcus, ed., pp. 92- 109. New York: Brandywine.