Kreg Ettenger

Associate Professor of Anthropology
Kreg Ettenger


300 Bailey Hall, 37 College Ave Gorham, Maine

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 780-5322

Kreg Ettenger is a cultural and applied anthropologist with interests in tourism, cultural heritage, environmental issues, indigenous and northern peoples, and multimedia ethnography. He has worked in India, northern Quebec and the northeastern US with indigenous and other communities on tourism development, environmental issues, land claims and other forms of applied research. Dr. Ettenger teaches courses in cultural anthropology, human ecology, northern peoples, ethnographic methods, digital ethnography, tourism and other issues.

Note: Kreg is on leave for the 2015-2016 academic year.


  • Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 2004
  • M.S. Environmental Science, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, Syracuse, NY, 1991
  • B.S. Geosciences, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 1985

Research Interests

Tourism development in indigenous communities and rural areas; cultural heritage representation; environmental issues and sustainability; use of digital media technologies for ethnographic research.

Recent Publications


2012    “Northern Aboriginal Events as Tourist Attractions: Traditional Cree Gatherings in Northern Quebec.” The Northern Review 35, Spring 2012.

2009    “Students as Tourists and Fledgling Researchers: The Value of Ethnographic Field Courses for Tourism Education.” Journal of Teaching in Travel & Tourism 9: 159-175.

2008    “Engaging Undergraduate Students in Collaborative Research: The Challenge of Combining Teaching with Practice.” The Applied Anthropologist 28(2): 152-162.

2008    “Traditional Cree Gatherings in Northern Quebec: Local Cultural Heritage Festivals as Tourism Attractions.” Proceedings of the Twelfth Canadian Congress on Leisure Research, Montreal, Canada, May 13-16.


2008    Report on Activities and Findings: Footsteps and Paddlestrokes Community Tour 1 (Chisasibi, Whapmagoostui, Waswanipi & Mistissini) and Community Tour 2 (Ouje- Bougoumou, Nemaska, Eastmain and Waskaganish). Cree Outfitting & Tourism Association.

2007    Tourism and Traditional Gatherings in Eeyou Istchee: Final Report on the 2007 USM Applied Anthropology Field Course. Submitted to the Cree Outfitting & Tourism Association. 52 pp.

2006    Summer Field Course: Nature, Culture and Tourism in James Bay, August 7-19, 2006: Report on Activities. Submitted to the Cree Outfitting & Tourism Association. 54 pp.


2012     Bays and Boundaries in Northern Canadian Seas: Creation of the Eeyou Marine Zone. Society for Applied Anthropology 2012 Meetings. March 27-31, Baltimore, MD.

2012     Social Science Methods for Land and Sea Claims: Creation of the Eeyou Marine Zone in Northern Canada. NOAA Social Coast Forum, February 15-16, Charleston, SC.

2012     Dr. Amazing's Magical Box of Tricks: Or How I Learned Participatory Research from the Master. NOAA Social Coast Forum, February 15-16, Charleston, SC.

2009    Developing Sustainable Tourism in the Cree Communities of Quebec: Opportunities and Obstacles. Annual Conference of the High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology, Denver, CO, April 24-26.

2009    Not Like I Imagined: Experiencing Diversity Through Field Study. 49th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Anthropological Association, Providence, RI, March 13-14.

2009    “Tourism in Eeyou Istchee: Cree Cultural Identity and Economic Development.” Invited Presentation at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, November 6.

2008    Traditional Cree Gatherings in Northern Quebec: Local Cultural Heritage Festivals as Tourist Attractions. Twelfth Canadian Congress on Leisure Research, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, May 13-16.

2008    Applied Teaching and Research on Tourism: Possibilities for Collaboration. Creativity and Discovery: Collaboration at USM. Pineland Farms Conference Center, New Gloucester, Maine, Oct. 3.

2008    Footsteps & Paddlestrokes Community Tours: Preliminary Findings. Cree Regional Tourism Conference, Nemaska, Quebec, August 22-23.

2007    Tourism In Eeyou Istchee: The USM Summer Field Schools, 2006 & 2007. Third Annual Regional Tourism Conference of the Cree Outfitting and Tourism Association. Waswanipi, Quebec, Oct. 16-18.

New Publications

What's New?

Building Bridges Beyond the Quadrangle: The CAO and the External Community
(Book chapter by Mark Lapping in: Martin J, Samuels JE, eds. The Provost's Handbook: The Role of the Chief Academic Officer. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press; 2015:200-206.)

Health Data and Financing and Delivery System Reform: Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty? (Issue Brief by Barbara Shaw, Andy Coburn, Kimberley Fox, Andrea Gerstenberger, and Barbara Leonard)

New Jersey's Manage by Data Program: Changing Culture and Capacity to Improve Outcomes(Report by David Lambert and Julie Atkins).

Rural Implications of Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act. (Issue Brief by Erika Ziller, Jennifer Lenardson, and Andy Coburn).

Safety of Rural Nursing Home-to-Emergency Department Transfers: Improving Communication and Patient Information Sharing across Settings. Journal for Healthcare Quality, 37(1), 55-65. (Authors: Judy Tupper, Carolyn Gray, Karen Pearson, and Andy Coburn).

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