Linda L. Lowry University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Linda L. Lowry, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her degrees include an M.A. in tourism development and travel administration from the George Washington University, Washington, D.C., and a Ph.D. in communication from the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Dr. Lowry is a social scientist and qualitative researcher who takes a critical lens and locates herself in the constructivist paradigm. Her research and teaching interests include the social, cultural, and economic impacts of tourism; sustainable tourism development; tourism policy, planning, and development; slow tourism; rural and agricultural tourism; theory development; and qualitative research methods.

She has received various awards and grants for research, teaching, and service learning from the University of Massachusetts and has participated in a research grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for work on cultural tourism. In addition, she has published in such journals as the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education, the New England Journal of Travel & Tourism, and the Journal of Vacation Marketing. She is currently at work on a book on tourism policy, planning, and development compiling international case studies of best practices.