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.