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Dr. Ethan Bottone

Dr. Ethan Bottone

Email

Office

120 Valk

Phone

660.562.1798

Joined Northwest in 2020


Assistant Professor


Education

  • Ph.D. Geography; University of Tennessee – Knoxville
  • M.S. Geography; Ohio University
  • B.A. Geography/Biology; University of Mary Washington

Courses Taught

  • 32-101 Introduction to Geography
  • 32-365 Geographic Information Systems

Academic Interest

I am a historical geographer by training, with interests in tourism, mobility, and race. My dissertation research explored landscapes and mobility networks of the Green Book, a Jim Crow-era travel guide developed and used by black travelers. I am particularly interested in “tourist homes,” private homes and apartments rented to travelers, that were listed within the Green Book, as these spaces represented a very personal form of resistant hospitality to the pervasive injustices of institutional white supremacy.

Outside of the Green Book, I am interested in other forms of “Just” tourism, including accessible tourism and indigenous heritage. In terms of accessible tourism, I work to understand how people with disabilities are represented (or more accurately, excluded) in tourism promotional materials and physical spaces. I also seek to understand how the history and spaces of American Indian removal, particularly sites of violence, are interpreted and remembered. Given the numerous visitors who engage with touristic spaces in the United States, understanding how historically marginalized communities, including people with disabilities and indigenous peoples, are represented and included in such spaces is exceedingly important if any efforts towards social justice and equity are to succeed.

Scholarly Activity

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Benjamin, S., E. Bottone, and M. Lee. (2020). “Beyond Accessibility: Exploring the Representation of People with Disabilities in Tourism Promotional Materials.” Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Special Issue on Justice and Tourism: 1-19.
  • Alderman, D.H., K. Williams, and E. Bottone. (2019). “Jim Crow Journey Stories: African American Driving as Emotional Labor.” Tourism Geographies: 1-25.
  • Bottone, E. and T. Anderson. (2017). “National Discourses Materialized: Early Settlement and Land Tenure in Perry County, Ohio, 1801-1842.” Historical Geography 45: 152-171.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

  • Bottone, E. (2020). “’Please Mention the Green Book:’ The Negro Motorist Green Book as Critical GIS.” In Historical Geography, GIScience, and Textual Analysis: Landscapes of Time and Place, eds. C. Travis, F. Ludlow, and F. Gyuris. Springer, 51-64.
  • Bottone, E., D.H. Alderman, and J. Inwood. (2018). “The ‘Unmarked and Unremarked’ Memories of the National Mall: Resurrection City and the Unreconciled History of the Civil Rights Movement as Radical Place-Making.” In Rhetorics Haunting the National Mall: Displaced and Ephemeral Public Memories, ed. R. Aden. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 71-92.

Book Reviews

  • Bottone, E. (2019). “Constructing the Dynamo of Dixie: Race, Urban Planning, and Cosmopolitanism in Chattanooga, Tennessee, by Courtney Elizabeth Knapp.” Southeastern Geographer 59 (4): 424-427.
  • Bottone, E. (2019). “Hawai’i’s Scenic Roads: Paving the Way for Tourism in the Islands, by Dawn E. Duensing.” Material Culture 51 (1): 57-59.
  • Bottone, E. (2019). “Pasadena Before the Roses: Race, Identity, and Land Use in Southern California, 1771-1890, by Yvette J. Saavedra.” Historical Geography 47: 257-259.

Recent Conference Presentations

  • Bottone, E. “Reading the Green Book: The Intersection of Black Geographies and Critical GIS.” Paper. Southeastern Division of the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Wilmington, NC, November 2019.
  • Bottone, E. “The Green Book and Black Chattanooga: Reconstructing Urban Communities of Color through Repeat Photography.” Paper. International Society for Landscape, Place, and Material Culture Annual Meeting, Detroit, MI, October 2019.
  • Benjamin, S., S. Oleniak, E. Bottone, and M. Lee. “Beyond Accessibility: How Does the Tourism Industry Compare?” Paper. Fourth International Conference on Tourism & Leisure Studies, Miami, FL, May 2019.
  • Bottone, E., D.H. Alderman, and J. Inwood. “The ‘Unmarked and Unremarked’ Memories of the National Mall: Resurrection City and the Unreconciled History of the Civil Rights Movement as Radical Place-Making.” Paper. American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., April 2019.
  • Bottone, E. “Deconstructing Sycamore Shoals State Park: The Maintenance of Settler Colonialism at Historical Tourism Sites.” Paper. Southeastern Division of the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Johnson City, TN, November 2018.
  • Bottone, E. “’Please Mention the Green Book:’ The Negro Motorist Green Book as Critical GIS.” Paper. International Society for Landscape, Place, and Material Culture Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, September 2018.
  • Bottone, E. “A New Underground Railroad: Examining Historical African-American Travel Patterns Through the Green Book.” Paper. American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, April 2018.

Other Professional Experiences

  • Research Fellow, Tourism RESET (Race, Ethnicity, and Social Equity in Tourism)
  • Member, Board of Directors, International Society for Landscape, Place, and Material Culture (2019-2022 term)