Tom Selwyn is Professor in the Anthropology and Sociology Department at SOAS, University of London. He founded the SOAS MA in Anthropology of Travel, Tourism, and Pilgrimage which he managed and taught from 2010-1014.
In 2014 he received a two year grant from Leverhulme to complete a research project focusing on tourism and pilgrimage from an anthropological point of view in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Palestine. This research is based on a decade’s work for the European Commission involving networks of universities in member states and partner regions centred upon teaching and research in the universities of Sarajevo and Bethlehem.
He is widely published in the field of the Anthropology of Tourism and Pilgrimage, recent edited volumes including Thinking Through Tourism (Berg) and Contested Mediterranean Spaces (Berghahn), the former consisting of a collection of essays representative of the present state of the art of the field, the latter of essays on life and work in 13 Mediterranean cities. He received the Lucy Mair Medal from the Royal Anthropological Institute in 2009.
In addition to SOAS he teaches at Bethlehem University, NHTV Breda, and the Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne.