Daniel Knudsen

Daniel Knudsen

Professor Emeritus, Geography


  • Ph.D., Indiana University, 1984
  • M.A., Indiana University, 1981
  • B.A., Iowa State University, 1977


  • Critical Food Studies
  • Tourism Theory
  • Nationalities Studies

Recent publications

  • D.C. Knudsen (2018). “Afterword.” In J.M. Rickly & E.S. Vidon (Eds.). Authenticity and Tourism: Materialities, Perceptions, Experiences. Bingley, UK: Emerald, forthcoming.
  • A.M. Babb, A.M. Bryant, & D.C. Knudsen (2018). “Gardening in America.” In Tate, L., & Shannon, B. (Eds.) Planning for authentiCITIES. New York: Routledge, forthcoming.
  • D.C. Knudsen, J.M. Rickly and E.S. Vidon (2016). “The Fantasy of Authenticity: Touring with Lacan.” Annals of Tourism Research 58(2): 33-45.
  • D.C. Knudsen, J.M. Rickly and M.M. Metro-Roland (2016). “Touring as a Peircean Habit.” Annals of Tourism Research 57(1): 246-248.
  • D.C. Knudsen, M.M. Metro-Roland and J.M. Rickly (2015). “Tourism, Aesthetics, and Touristic Judgment.” Tourism Review International 19(4): 179-191.
  • D.C. Knudsen, J.M. Rickly-Boyd and C.E. Greer (2014). “Myth, national identity, and the contemporary tourism site: The case of Amalienborg and Frederiksstaden.” National Identities 16(1): 53-70.
  • J.M. Rickly-Boyd, D.C. Knudsen, M.M. Metro-Roland and L.C. Braverman (2014). Tourism Performance and Place: A Geographical Perspective. Aldershot, Hampshire, UK: Ashgate.

Selected recent papers at professional meetings

  • Angela M. Babb, Julie K. Wasserman, D.C. Knudsen and Steven T. Lalevich. An Examination of Medically Necessary Diets within the Framework of the Thrifty Food Plan. Paper presented at the 113th Annual Meetings American Association of Geographers, April 5-9, 2017, Boston, MA.
  • Lillian G. Brown, Carmen Antreasian and D.C. Knudsen, “Taste and the Unconscious.” Paper presented at the 112th Annual Meetings of the American Association of Geographers, March 29-April 2, 2016, San Francisco, CA.
  • Lillian G. Brown and D.C. Knudsen, “The Taste of the Sea: Memory and Merrior in Food Choice.” Paper presented at the 5th Annual International Food Studies Conference, September 18-19, 2015, Blacksburg, Virginia.
  • G. Petino, F. Famoso, D.C. Knudsen and J. Wilson, “Globalization and Micro-Scale Changes in the Food Culture of an Open-Air Market in the Sicilian City of Catania.” Poster presented at the 5th Annual International Food Studies Conference, September 18-19, 2015, Blacksburg, Virginia.
  • D.C. Knudsen, “The Enigma of Food Choice.” Paper presented at the 111th Annual Meetings of the Association of American Geographers, April 21-25, 2015, Chicago, Illinois.
  • C.M. Haythorn, D.C. Knudsen, C.C. Antreasian, M.E. Betz and J. R. Farmer, “It’s all in the SKU.” Paper presented at the 111th Annual Meetings of the Association of American Geographers, April 21-25, 2015, Chicago, Illinois.


  • G413: Advanced Economic Geography
  • G316: Economic Geography
  • G306: Topics in the Geography of Food

Students supervised, Ph.D.

  • Beth Ciaravolo, Ph.D., in progress
  • Jessica Fan, Ph.D., in progress
  • Julie Wasserman, Ph.D., in progress
  • Nitasha Sharma, Dark Tourism in India: Rituals and Representation of Death, Ph.D., 2018.
  • Angela Babb, Making Neoliberal Consumer Subjects: A Political Ecology of Nutrition Assistance in the United States, Ph.D., 2017.
  • Amy Savener, Existential Authenticity in Tourists to Guna Yala, Ph.D., 2016.
  • Philip Roth, Household Activity Scheduling and Travel Behavior, Ph.D., 2015.
  • Elizabeth Vidon, Co-Constructing the Wild: Adirondack Wilderness and the Nature Tourist, Ph.D., 2015.
  • Zachary Machunda, International Effects and the Information-Theoretic Shift-Share Analysis of Change in Geographical Concentration of Indiana Manufacturing Employment, 1950-2000, Ph.D., 2014.
  • Patrick Alles, Internationalization Strategies of Small and Medium Size Liberal Arts Colleges, Ph.D., 2013.
  • Rebecca Clouser, (co-supervisor), Interrelations between Fear and Development in Guatemala: A Multi-Perspective Analysis, Ph.D., 2013.
  • Jillian Rickly-Boyd, On Lifestyle Climbers: An Examination of Rock Climbing Dedication, Community, and Travel, Ph.D., 2012.
  • Brian Johnson, The Mis/alignments of Land Use Controls with Perceived Local Preferences in Porter County, Indiana, Ph.D., 2010.
  • Christine Mathenge, Effects of Migration Influx, Occupance and Land Acquisition on Changing Land Tenure Patterns in Southwest Uganda, Ph.D., 2008.
  • Michelle Metro-Roland, Reading Signs, Interpreting Meaning & Placing Culture in the Budapest Landscape, Ph.D., 2008.
  • Anne Soper, Cultural Heritage, Identity, and Tourism in Mauritius: Moving Beyond the Tourist Gaze, Ph.D., 2006.
  • Zhigang Tang, The Urban Housing Market in a Transitional Economy: Shanghai as a Case Study, Ph.D., 2006.
  • Nikolas Heynen, The Social Processes Contributing to Urban Environmental Change: Indianapolis's Inner-city Urban Trees, 1962-1993, Ph.D., 2002.
  • Brent Smith (2001), (co-supervisor), Locational, Organizational and Interorganizational Determinants of Community Development Financial Intermediary Activity, Ph.D., 2001.
  • Valerie Kier, The Arab Embargo and Israeli Trade, Ph.D., 1997.

Students supervised, M.A.

  • Allison Solomon, M.A., in progress
  • Stephen Volan, M.A., in progress
  • Carmen Antreasian, Lacan en pointe. A Psychoanalytic Analysis of the Ballerina, M.A., 2016.
  • Daniel Johnston, The Human Factor of Interstate‐69: Interrogating the Discourse of 21st Century Transportation Politics, M.A., 2016.
  • Angela Babb, Community Food Security: The Role of Alternative Food Networks in Food Deserts, M.A., 2013
  • Gloria Maleski, A Comparative Analysis of the Traits and Travel Motivations of Ecotourists and Conventional Tourists in Wisconsin, M.A., 2012
  • Cameron Meyer, The Influence of Advocacy Groups and Clubs on Recreation and Travel Behavior of Mountain Bikers in the United States, M.A., 2012
  • Lisa Braverman, Touring Persuasion: Birthright Israel and Ideological Implications of the Enthymeme, M.A., 2010
  • Yan He, Splendid China Park: A Case Study of Cultural Contestation, M.A., 2010
  • F. Claire Lucas, Conceptualizing Citygarden: Public Space and Private Power in Saint Louis, Missouri, M.A., 2010
  • Lei Xu, F-2: The Experiences of Chinese Trailing Spouses in the U.S., M.A., 2008
  • Brian Johnson, Nature, Isolation, and Affordability: An Examination of Exurban Migration Motivations in Indiana, Illinois, and Texas, M.A., 2006
  • Altynai Yespembetova, Tourism Development in the Republic of Kazakhstan, M.A., 2005
  • Wenjie Sun, The Geography of the Internet, M.A., 2002
  • Jason Hickman, The British Navy and the Depletion of the English Oak, M.A., 1999.
  • Nikolas Heynen, “South Africa’s Spatial Dialectic: A Regionalized Regulation Analysis of the South African Economy, 1970-1991, M.A., 1998.
  • Paul Torrens, An Analysis of Retail Change in Metropolis, M.A., 1998.
  • Jeffrey Boggs, A Regulationist Analysis of German Unification, M.A. 1996.
  • Megan K. Blake, From Rust-Belt to Flex-Belt: Economic Restructuring in the Great Lakes, M.A., 1994.
  • Aileen Buckley, Modeling Deforestation in Costa Rica Using Cellular Automata, M.A., 1993.
  • J. Lynne Friedmeyer, Commodity Flows and Spatial Structure, M.A., 1989.
  • Thomas A. Cooke, Economic Development and the Evolution of City-Size Distributions: The USSR, 1897-1970, M.A., 1988.


  • Chair, Department of Geography, College of Arts and Sciences