Blake C. Scott

Assistant Professor

Address: 9 Glebe Street, room 301
Office Hours: Spring 2022: M, 1:00-2:00pm, W, 4-5pm or by appointment via Zoom
Phone: 843-779-5340
Personal Website:

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 issues 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, among others. 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 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

U.S.-Latin American Relations

Caribbean Crossroads: People, Ideas, and Goods on-the-move

Tourism and Island Systems: An Assessment of Sustainable Practices

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


“Voices of Southern Hospitality: Oral Histories from Life in the Lowcountry,” Special Collections at the College of Charleston Library, 2018-present. Includes community interviews, in collaboration with student researchers and staff at Special Collections. See:

“Changing Caribbean Routes: The Rise of International Air Travel,” in The Business of Leisure: Tourism History in Latin America and the Caribbean, edited by Andrew Grant Wood, University of Nebraska Press, 2021.

Producer, “Spirit of South Carolina: A Short Story of Life at Sea,” Finalist, Best Documentary Short, Sixth Annual SeeMôr Film Festival Anglesey, Wales, UK. October 17-18, 2020.

Available online at:


Review of Lisa Lindquist Dorr’s A Thousand Thirsty Beaches: Smuggling Alcohol from Cuba to the South during Prohibition. New West Indian Guide, June 2020.

“From the Rainforest to the Moon and Back: Or how one indigenous community joined the international tourist economy,” The Caribbean Writer, Volume 33, Fall 2019.

Review of Mark Rice’s Making Machu Picchu: The Politics of Tourism in Twentieth-Century Peru. H-Diplo, June 2019.

“Discussion: Tourism and Diplomacy,” with Shelley Baranowski, Lisa Pinley Covert, Bertram M. Gordon, Richard Ivan Jobs, Christian Noack, and Adam T. Rosenbaum, Journal of Tourism History, Volume 11, No. 1, March 2019.

“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 theHuman, 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.