Scott A. Lukasstudies of cultural remaking

Scott A. Lukas received his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Rice University, his M.A in Anthropology from the University of Iowa, and a B.A. in Anthropology from Indiana University. He has taught anthropology and sociology at Lake Tahoe Community College and at Valparaiso University and in 2013 was Visiting Professor of American Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. In 2005 he was the recipient of the McGraw-Hill Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching of Anthropology by the American Anthropological Association and in 2003 he was honored with the Hayward Award for Excellence in Education in the state of California. In 2013, he was named as Lake Tahoe Community College's Distinguished Faculty Member. He frequently teaches on the subject of theme parks and themed spaces, video games, popular film, and various forms of popular culture and remaking. He is the author of the volume The Immersive Worlds Handbook: Designing Theme Parks and Consumer Spaces (Focal, 2012), The Themed Space: Locating Culture, Nation, and Self (Lexington Books, 2007), as well as Theme Park (Reaktion Books, 2008), Fear, Cultural Anxiety, and Transformation: Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy Films Remade (co-edited with John Marmysz, Lexington Books, 2008), Recent Developments in Criminological Theory (co-edited with Stuart Henry, Ashgate, 2009), and Strategies in Teaching Anthropology (co-edited with Pat Rice and David McCurdy, Prentice-Hall, 2010). In 2013, his book Theme Park was published in Arabic. He has also published chapters and articles in numerous other volumes and journals, including Meet Me at the Fair: A World's Fair Reader; Staging the Past: Themed Environments in Transcultural Perspectives; Joystick Soldiers: The Military/War Video Games Reader; The Hummer: Myths and Consumer Culture; Handbook for Achieving Gender Equity through Education; Routledge International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities; Tahoe Blues; Late Editions 6, Paranoia within Reason: A Casebook on Conspiracy as Explanation; CCHA Journal; International Journal of Baudrillard Studies; InterCulture; M/C Journal; The Senses & Society; The Joys of Teaching Anthropology; Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology; and Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste. He was recognized with a Sierra Arts Foundation Artist Grant Program award in "Literary - Professional" for his writing on popular culture.

Scott is a former theme park trainer at Six Flags AstroWorld. His work in the theme park industry was the subject of his doctoral dissertation at Rice University, entitled Signal 3, named after a theme park radio code. He has offered keynote addresses at the Themed Environments in Transcultural Perspectives conference at the University of Freiburg, the Storytelling, Architecture, Technology, and Experience conference sponsored by the Theming Entertainment Association at Walt Disney World, the South Lake Tahoe Poverty to Prosperity Forum, Lake Tahoe Rotary, and the Western Aerosol Information Bureau conference in North Lake Tahoe. He spoke at the Insight Out seminar sponsored by Disney Imagineering and was an advisory board member for the national organization Dads & Daughters. He has organized major sessions on theme parks and theming at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, including "The Themed Space: Reflections on Culture and Materiality" (2007) and "Experiential, Branded, and Lifestyle Spaces: Dialogues between Architecture and Anthropology" (2008). He has been a participant in three National Endowment for the Humanities seminars, including "American Cities and Public Spaces" (The Library of Congress), "Human Rights in Conflict: Interdisciplinary Perspectives" (CUNY Graduate Center), and "Terror and Culture: Revisiting Hannah Arendt's Origins of Totalitarianism" (Stanford University). In 2006 his name was forwarded to Governor Schwarzenegger's Office for nomination to the California Community College's Board of Governors. He appeared in the documentary The Nature of Existence (dir. Roger Nygard) and was part of a special feature on Theme Parks for To the Best of Our Knowledge (Wisconsin Public Radio). His interviews and commentary have appeared in The Washington Post; Huffington Post U.K.; Slate; The Daily Beast; Caravan (India); Anthropology News; Angie Coiro (910 AM Green Radio); FEministický MAgazín (Czech); 590 KHTO; KZSU 90.1 (Stanford University); Coaster 101; KOLO 8 News (Reno); KUNR (Reno); Journal Inquirer (Connecticut); Lake Tahoe News; and the Tahoe Daily Tribune. As much as possible he spends his time inside themed restaurants, casinos, and theme parks, hoping to discover the most nuanced and immersive theming. He is married to the poet Krista Lukas.

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