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Linda Joyce Forristal, Ph.D., CCP

Associate Teaching Professor
Hospitality Management



  • Ph.D., Hospitality and Tourism Management, Purdue University
  • MTA (Master, Tourism Administration), George Washington University
  • B.S., Botany and Zoology, Iowa State University

Research Interests

  • Place Branding and Tourism in Relation to Native Species and Sustainability
  • Cultural Heritage Tourism, Including Foodways and Indigenous Tourism
  • Marketing of Destinations, Especially in Relation to Cultural Heritage
  • Tourism Mobility and Transit Connectivity


Dr. Forristal specializes in tourism hospitality including cultural heritage tourism, global tourism, convention management and literary tourism. Her two key streams of tourism research are related to native species and cultural heritage and the intersection of the two. An overall influence on her teaching is her background in botany and zoology which informs her research in human integration into the natural and cultural world around them.

Some of Dr. Forristal’s research can be found here.