Michael Clancy


Politics, Economics, and International Studies

College of Arts and Sciences
860.768.4284 H 126B

PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison

BA, St. Olaf College

Michael Clancy is Professor in the Department of Politics and Government and also coordinates the steering committee for the International Studies program at the University of Hartford. He teaches courses in various aspects of international politics, including U.S. foreign policy, the politics of war, international political economy, a course on the Iraq war, and international organization and law. Clancy’s research focuses on the political economy of tourism in the developing world and the politics of Global Commodity Chains (GCCs). He is the author of two books on tourism and development in Mexico and the Republic of Ireland, respectively, and has published numerous articles and two teaching cases. His research has also utilized a GCC approach to examine sex tourism in Cuba and the political economy of cruise tourism in the Caribbean. His more recent work looks at nation branding through tourism marketing materials. Clancy grew up on Colorado and Minnesota, and earned his BA from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN before receiving an MA and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to coming to the University of Hartford Clancy taught briefly at Williams, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges. He lives in Northampton, MA with his wife and three children.
Michael Clancy's research intersects the fields of international and comparative politics by focusing upon the political economy of development with a concentration on international tourism. He has written about various aspects of tourism and development in the Global South. His book Brand New Ireland: Tourism, Development and National Identity in the Irish Republic was published by Ashgate Press in 2009. He is also the author of Exporting Paradise: Tourism and Development in Mexico (London: Pergamon 2001). He has written about Global Commodity Chains and tourism, sex tourism, and slow tourism. He has also written teaching cases published by the Case Program at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University.  His research has also appeared in the Review of International Political Economy, Latin American Research Review, Annals of Tourism Research, Studies in Comparative International Development and Globalizations. Recent publications:

2014         “Slow Tourism: Ethics, Aesthetics and Consumptive Values,” in
                 Clare Weeden and Karla Boluk, eds. Managing Ethical Consumption in
                 Tourism. London, Routledge

2012         “Boom, Bust and the Changing Geography of Irish Tourism,” Irish
                  Geography 44, 2-3, pp. 173-90

2012         “Security and the Future of Tourism,” in James Leigh, Craig
                  Webster and Stanislav Ivanov, eds., Future Tourism: Political,
                  Social and Economic Challenges. London: Routledge, 2012, pp.

2011         “Re-Presenting Ireland: Tourism, Branding and National Identity in
                  Ireland,” 2011, Journal of International Relations and Development 14, pp. 281-308

2010         “Global Commodity Chains and Tourism: Past Research and Future
                  Directions,” chapter five in Jan Mosedal, ed. Political Economy and
                  Tourism, London: Routledge

Clancy is currently at work on two projects: One is an edited book project on slow tourism, food and cities. He is also in the early stages of a study on the 9/11 Museum in New York that looks at tourism, memory and national identity.