Carter A. Hunt 

photo of Carter Hunt

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

801 A Donald H. Ford Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802


(fax) 814-867-1751


Postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental Anthropology, Stanford University, Department of Anthropology & Woods Institute for the Environment, 2009-2012
Ph.D., Texas A & M University, Recreation, Park and Tourism Science (Tourism Resource Development), 2009
M.S., Texas A & M University, Recreation, Park and Tourism Science (Natural Resource Management), 2003
B.A., University of Kentucky, Psychology, 1997

Research Interests

Tourism-supported biodiversity conservation and sustainable community development, impacts of tourism on both destination communities and on travelers, environmental anthropology, Latin America.

Selected Publications

Ardoin, N., Wheaton, M., Hunt, C.A., Schuh, J., & Durham, W. (in press).  Post-trip philanthropic intentions of nature-based tourists in Galapagos.  Journal of Ecotourism.

Hunt, C.A., (2016).   A Political Ecology of Tourism in the Shadow of an Inter-Oceanic Canal in Nicaragua:  Displacing Poverty or Displacing Social and Environmental Welfare?  Political Ecology & Tourism (eds.Sanjay Nepal & Jarkko Saarinen).  Routledge Studies in Political Ecology.

Wheaton, M., Ardoin, N., Hunt, C.A., Schuh, J., Kresse, M., Menke, C., & Durham, W. (2015, online).  Using web and mobile technology to motivate pro-environmental action after a nature-based tour.  Journal of Sustainable Tourism.  DOI:  10.1080/09669582.2015.1081600.

Marcinek, A.**, & Hunt, C.A., (2015).  Social Capital, Ecotourism, and Empowerment in Shiripuno, Ecuador.  International Journal of Tourism Anthropology.  4(4), 327-342.

Hunt, C.A., Menke, C., & Durham, W. (2015).  Social Capital in Development:  Bonds, Bridges and Links in Osa and Golfito, Costa Rica.  Human Organization, 74(3), 217-229.

Ardoin, N., Wheaton, M., Bowers, A., Hunt, C.A., and Durham, W.  (2015).  Nature-based tourism's impact on environmental knowledge, attitudes, and behavior:  a review of the literature Journal of Sustainable Tourism,  23(6), 838-858.

Hunt, C.A., Driscoll, L., Honey, M., & Durham, W.  (2015).  Can Ecotourism deliver real economic, social and environmental benefits?  A study of the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica.  Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 23(3), 339-357.

Hunt, C.A., & Stronza, A. (2014).  Stage-based tourism models and resident attitudes towards tourism in an emerging destination in the developing world.  Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 22:2, 279-298.