Blake C. Scott

Assistant Professor of International Studies

Address: 9 Glebe Street, room 100
Office Hours: On Research Leave for Academic Year 2023-2024
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 and the US South. He teaches introductory and advanced courses in the International Studies Program, examining issues of cultural and economic globalization, travel and migration, and global environmental change. He is the author of the book Unpacked: A History of Caribbean Tourism (with Cornell University Press) and has written numerous articles and essays for academic and popular publications, including with the journal of Environmental History, the Journal of Tourism HistoryThe Huffington Post and Charleston’s Post and Courier, among others. In support of his research, he has received fellowships from the Fulbright Program, the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Texas at Austin, and the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs at the College of Charleston. For 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

Environmental Commons in Global Perspective


“Reimagine a Charleston tourism industry that benefits residents,” The Post & Courier, January 5, 2023. 

Unpacked: A History of Caribbean Tourism. Itacha: Cornell University Press, 2022.

River Meditations: A Journey into Environmental Education,” with Merrie Koester, The Journal of Sustainability Education, Vol. 25, (September 11, 2021): 1-10.

“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): 244-248.

“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, (January 2019): 63-90.

“Revolution at the Hotel: Panama and Luxury Travel in the Age of Decolonisation,” Journal of Tourism History, Volume 10, No. 2, (June 2018): 146-164.

“Tourism in the History of U.S. Foreign Relations,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History, (June 2017): 1-25. 

“From Disease to Desire: The Rise of Tourism at the Panama Canal,” Environmental History, Volume 21, No. 2 (March 2016): 270-277.

Translated by Dr. Mónica Kupfer, “De la enfermedad al deseo: El surgimiento del turismo en el Canal de Panamá,” Revista Panameña de Política, Volume 25, (December 2018): 79-87.

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