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Jennie Germann Molz


Germann Molz


Sociology and Anthropology

Ph.D., Lancaster University

Fields: mobilities, cosmopolitanism, globalization, technology, travel and tourism, educational travel, critical hospitality studies

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Office Phone: 508-793-3596
Office: Beaven 215
PO Box: 78A
Office Hours: Tuesdays 9-10:30, Thursdays 12:30-2:30, and by appointment 


Jennie Germann Molz is a Professor of Sociology. She received her BA from The University of Texas at Austin and her MA in Popular Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She completed her PhD in Sociology at Lancaster University in England where she subsequently held a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe). Her research interests include tourism mobilities and mobile technologies; hospitality and the ethics of welcoming strangers; global citizenship, home, and belonging; food, consumption, and identity; and mobile methodologies. She is co-editor of the journal Hospitality & Society. Her publications include Travel Connections: Technology, Tourism and Togetherness in a Mobile World (Routledge) and Disruptive Tourism and its Untidy Guests: Alternative Ontologies for Future Hospitalities (Palgrave Macmillan). She is currently researching families who take their children out of conventional school settings and 'worldschool' them while traveling the globe. 


  • SOCL101: The Sociological Perspective
  • SOCL241: The Development of Social Theory
  • SOCL280: Global Culture & Society 
  • SOCL281: Sociology of Travel & Tourism
  • SOCL386: A Global Sense of Home


Recent Publications:


Soile Veijola,  Jennie Germann Molz , Alexander Grit, Olly Pyyhtinen & Emily Höckert. 2014. Disruptive Tourism and its Untidy Guests: Alternative Ontologies for Future  Hospitalities. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Jennie Germann Molz. 2012. Travel Connections: Tourism, Technology and Togetherness in a Mobile World. New York and London: Routledge.


Journal Articles

Jennie Germann Molz.2016. Making a Difference Together: Discourses of Transformation in Family Voluntourism. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 24(3): 805-823.

Jennie Germann Molz. 2015. Giving Back, Doing Good, Feeling Global: The Affective Flows of Family Voluntourism. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography , online first October 16, 2015 , doi:10.1177/0891241615610382

Jennie Germann Molz  & Cody Morris Paris. 2015. The Social Affordances of Flashpacking: Exploring the Mobility Nexus of Travel and Communication.   Mobilities . 10(2): 173-192.  

Winner: IFITT (International Federation for IT and Travel & Tourism) Journal Article of the Year Award, ENTER 2014

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