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Benita Howell

Benita Howell

Professor Emeritus


Cultural Heritage Conservation and Tourism, Cultural Factors in Environmental Planning, Rural Development, Historical Ethnography and Folk Culture Studies of Southern Appalachia and the Cumberland Plateau


  • Ph.D. 1978, Anthropology, University of Kentucky
  • M.S.L.S 1967, Library Science, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
  • B.A. 1965, Duke University


  • Howell, B (2008) Introduction. In: Rugby, Tennessee. Some Account of the Settlement Founded on the Cumberland Plateau (reprint) by T. Hughes. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press
  • Howell, B.J. (editor) 2006. Tourism Section. Encyclopedia of Appalachia. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press.
  • Howell, B. J. 2004. Cultural attachment to place: A framework for identifying and working with traditionally associated peoples in Southern Appalachia. Traditionally Associated Peoples and Ethnographic Resources Workshop Proceedings, National Park Service.
  • Howell, B.J. 2003. Folklife along the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press.
  • Howell, B.J. (editor) 2002. Culture, Environment, and Conservation in the Appalachian South. Champaign: University of Illinois Press.
  • Howell, B.J. 1996. Heritage Tourism and Community Development. Lessons from Historic Rugby. In Keys in the Marketplace: Problems and Issues in Cultural and Heritage tourism.edited by Patricia Atkinson Wells. pp. 134-144, Enfield Lock, Middlesex, UK: Hisarlik Press.
  • Howell, B.J. 1994. Mountain Foragers in Southeast Asia and Appalachia: Cross-cultural Perspectives on the "Mountain Man" Stereotype. In Appalachia in an International Context: Cross-National Comparisons of Developing Regions. pp. 131-140 edited by P.J. Obermiller and W.W. Philliber. Westport, CT: Praeger.
  • Howell, B.J. 1994. Weighing the Risks and Rewards of Involvement in Cultural Conservation and Heritage tourism. Human Organization. 53(2) 150-159
Benita Howell

Contact Information

  • 250 South Stadium Hall
  • Phone: 865-974-4408