The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management

Dr. Nuno F. Ribeiro

Research Assistant Professor
Tel: 864-506-1027
Location: G12E Lehotsky Hall

B.S. Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (Tourism Planning and Development), Lisbon
M.S. The Pennsylvania State University (Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management), University Park, PA
Ph.D The Pennsylvania State University (Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management), University Park, PA

Research Interests:
  • Young people's risky behaviors
  • Culture and behavior in leisure and tourism pursuits
  • Research methodologies
  • Cultural/heritage impacts of tourism
  • Aboriginal youth health
Publications: (sample)

Valadares Teixeira, V. A. & Ribeiro, N. F. (2013). The lamprey and the partridge: A multi-sited ethnography of food tourism as an agent of preservation and disfigurement in Central Portugal. Journal of Heritage Tourism, 8(3-4). doi:

Linds, W., Ritenburg, H., Goulet, L., Episkenew, J., Schmidt, K., Ribeiro, N. F., & Whiteman, A. (2013). Layering theatre’s potential for change: Drama, education, and community in Aboriginal health research. Canadian Theatre Review, 154, 37-43. doi:

Ribeiro, N. F. & Hickerson, B. D. (2013). Spring break travel: Three decades of scholarly evidence, 1980-2010. Tourism Review International, 16(3), 153-167. doi:

Ribeiro, N. F. (2012). Using concomitant free listing to analyse perceptions of tourism experiences. Journal of Travel Research, 51(5), 555-567. doi:

Ribeiro, N. F. & Fommel, E. W. (2012). Participant observation. In L. Dwyer, A. Gill, & N. Seetaram (Eds.), Research methods in tourism (pp. 377-391). Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar.

Ribeiro, N. F. (2011). Ensino pós-graduado de turismo nos EUA: Uma experiência Portuguesa (translation: “Graduate tourism education in the USA: A Portuguese experience”). Cogitur: Journal of International Tourism Studies, 4(4), 115-132.

Ribeiro, N. F., & Yarnal, C. M. (2010). The Perceived Difficulty Assessment Questionnaire (PDAQ): Methodology and applications for leisure educators and practitioners. Schole: A Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education, 25, 111-115. doi:

Ribeiro, N. F. (2009). Tourism and semiotics: Directions for future research. Cogitur: Journal of International Tourism Studies, 2(2), 7-14.

Liechty, T., Ribeiro, N. F., & Yarnal, C. M. (2008). I traveled alone, but never felt alone”: An exploration of the benefits of an older women’s group tour experience. Tourism Review International, 12(4), 16-30. doi:

Ribeiro, N. F. & Yarnal, C. M. (2008). “It wasn’t my sole purpose for going down there:” An inquiry into the Spring Break experience and its relation to risky behaviors and alcohol consumption. Annals of Leisure Research, 11(3-4), 351-367. doi: