Dean MacCannell
Professor Emeritus

Courses for 2007-2008
LDA 180/181A (Winter)
LDA 2 (Winter)
LDA 193B (Spring)
LDA 190 (Spring)
Courses for 2006-2007
LDA 180/181 Post-Modern Landscapes (Winter)
LDA 02 Place, Culture & Community (Spring)
Courses for 2005-2006
LDA 02 (Winter)
LDA 180/181 (Winter)
Courses for 2003-2004
LDA 02 (Spring)
LDA 190 (Spring)
Courses for 2001-2002
LDA 170- Field Studio

Courses for 2000-2001
LDA 190 (Fall)
LDA 02 (Winter)
LDA 180A/181A (Spring)
CST 200C (Spring)

Courses for 1999-2000
LDA 170 (Fall)
LDA 02 (Spring)
Geo 200D (Spring)

     Professor Emeritus DEAN MacCANNELL has two pet projects at the moment. His long-term research on "landscaping the unconscious" has taken on new proportions to include work on the "future of the city." In this effort, he is joined by collaborators Juliet Flower MacCannell and Bernie Lubell. In addition, he has also helped secure two-year funding for an experimental residential treatment facility for chronically homeless women and children in Yolo County. He serves as head of the Project Evaluation team for this new facility.

MacCannell's classic book, The Tourist: A new Theory of the Leisure Class has just been republished in a new edition by The University of California Press (1999) with a "Foreword" by critic Lucy Lippard, and a new "Epilogue" by the author. The results of MacCannell's study of ten thousand case files of homeless clients of county services just appeared in California County Journal (July/August, 1999). His critical study of Disney's new town of Celebration, Florida just appeared under the title, "New Urbanism and its Discontents," in Joan Copjec and Michael Sorkin (eds.) Giving Ground: The Politics of Propinquity, Verso (1999). His article, "The Curse of J.B. Jackson" is about to appear in Design Book Review.

MacCannell continues to be active in the San Francisco Bay Area artist community, serving on the Advisory Board of the International Group Show "Citizen" at SOMAR. He was also recently elected a Fellow of l'Ecole Freudienne de Quebec, co-responsible (with Juliet Flower MacCannell) for the formation of the California Psychoanalytic Circle.

In addition to his research and writing, and his duties as Program Chair, MacCannell maintains an active lecturing schedule. He has spoken recently at UCLA, Berkeley, the Davies Forum in San Francisco, and will give lectures on the history of landscape representation in England and Finland in September, 1999.

     Professor DEAN MacCANNELL's recent book, Empty Meeting Grounds, is a major synthesis of his research on community and landscape change. The book has been widely reviewed and represents a major contribution to the literature on landscape, community, and culture. He is a visiting scholar at the Headlands Institute in Marin and has lectured widely over the past year.

Empty Meeting Grounds
By: Dean MacCannell

The Tourist
By: Dean MacCannell




No. ofYears

Degree/Date Granted

San Diego State College


none (Anthropology)

University of California, Berkeley


A.B. (Anthropology) 1963

Cornell University


M.S. (Rural Sociology) 1966
Ph.D. (Rural Sociology) 1969




No. of Years


University of California, Davis


Applied Behavioral Sciences: The Community, Semiotics, Structuralism and Sociocultural Change, Theories in Community Change

University of California, Irvine


Sociology and Critical Theory

Temple University



Rutgers University



American College, Paris


American Studies




  1. MacCannell, D. Series Guide to "The Tourist." London: BBC Publications. 1995.
  2. MacCannell, D. "Tradition's Next Step" in Scott Norris, Ed. Discovered Country. Albuquerque: Stone Ladder Press. 1994.
  3. MacCannell, D. "Misplaced Traditions" in Le Tourisme International Entre Tradition et Modernite. Paris: Uresti-CNRS. 1994.
  4. MacCannell, D. "Symbolic Capital: Two Cultural Strategies for the World City." In Shuzo Ishimori, Ed. The New World City. Osaka: (Japanese Press - in Japanese). 1995.
  5. MacCannell, D. "Democracy's Turn: On Homeless Noir." In Joan Copjec (ed.) Shades of Noir. London: Verso. 1993.
  6. MacCannell, D., and MacCannell, J.F. "Violence, Power and Pleasure: A revisionist reading of Foucault from the victim perspective." In C. Ramazanaglu (ed.), Up Against Foucault: Explorations of Some Tensions between Foucault and Feminism. London: Routledge. 1993.
  7. MacCannell, D. and MacCannell, J.F. Social Class in Postmodernity: Simulacrum or Return of the Real. In B. Turner and C. Rojek (eds.), Forget Baudrillard. London: Routledge. 1993.
  8. MacCannell, D. Empty Meeting Grounds: The Tourist Papers. London and New York: Routledge., (346 pages), 1992.
  9. MacCannell, D. "Landscaping the Unconscious." In M. Francis & R. T. Hester, Jr. (Eds.) The Meaning of Gardens: Idea, Place, and Action. Cambridge, MA/London: The MIT Press, 94-101, 1991.
  10. MacCannell, D. & MacCannell, J.F. La Era Del Signo: InterpretaciÓn SemiÓtica de la Cultura Moderna. Mexico: Editorial Rillas, (Preface 5-7), 1990. (Spanish translation of The Time of the Sign: A Semiotic Interpretation of Modern Culture.)
  11. MacCannell, D. "Nature Incorporated." Places Vol. 6 N3. 1990.