Blake C. Scott

Assistant Professor

Address: 9 Glebe Street, room 301
Office Hours: Spring 2020: directing the study abroad program in Havana, Cuba
Phone: 843-953-1144

Historian, writer, assistant professor of International Studies, Blake is interested in the diverse cultures and ecologies that make up the Caribbean world. He teaches introductory and advanced courses in the International Studies Program at the College of Charleston, examining questions of cultural and economic globalization, travel and migration, environmental change, and inter-American relations. He has also written about these topics for academic and popular publications, including: the journal of Environmental History, the Journal of Tourism HistoryThe Caribbean Writer, the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History, and The Huffington Post. In support of his research, he has received fellowships from the Fulbright Program, the Smithsonian Institution, and the University of Texas at Austin. For free access to Blake’s writing and course syllabi, visit:


Ph.D. in Latin American and Caribbean History, University of Texas at Austin

M.A., University of Georgia

B.A., Florida State University

Courses Taught

Introduction to International Studies

Global Environmental Challenges: Past, Present, Future

Deconstructing Tourism: History, Culture, and the Question of Sustainability

The Globalization of Paradise: Caribbean History and Culture in Critical Perspective

History of U.S. Foreign Relations

Tourism and Island Systems: An Assessment of Sustainable Practices


“Revolution at the Hotel: Panama and Luxury Travel in the Age of Decolonisation,” Journal of Tourism History, June 2018.

“More than a Natural Disaster: Puerto Rico in the Aftermath of History’s Storm,” with Bárbara I. Abadía-Rexach, The Huffington Post, December 2017.

“Tourism in the History of U.S. Foreign Relations,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History, June 28, 2017.

“Sea Stars Disappear from Beach in Panama,” The Huffington Post, November 6, 2016.

“From Disease to Desire: The Rise of Tourism at the Panama Canal,” Environmental History, March 2016.

“The History of that Supposedly-Fun Caribbean Vacation,” Backlist, March 2, 2016.

Review of Eduardo Kohn’s How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the

Human, Ethnic and Third World Studies Journal, Spring 2016.

“Our History Mixtape: Embracing Music in the Classroom,” co-authored with Eyal Weinberg, Not Even Past, January 2016.

“He ain’t my Papa! The contradictions of tourism in revolutionary Cuba,” The Caribbean Writer, Volume 29, “Ambiguities and Contradictions in the Caribbean Space,” August 2015.

“Celebrating and Forgetting One Hundred Years at the Panama Canal,” The Huffington Post, December 16, 2014.