Tourism and Economic Development Scholar, Dr. Kristin Lamoureux, Named Associate Dean of the NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism


NEW YORK, September 1, 2015 — The NYU School of Professional Studies ( has named Kristin Lamoureux, PhD, as the new associate dean and a clinical associate professor of the School’s Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism, one of the world’s leading academic centers for undergraduate and graduate studies, applied research, and career advancement programs in the industry. Dr. Lamoureux’s appointment is effective beginning December 1, 2015.

A noted scholar, specializing in tourism and economic development, Dr. Lamoureux has been a distinguished and accomplished expert in professional and academic education for nearly 20 years. Most recently, she served as the executive director of the George Washington University (GW) International Institute of Tourism Studies (IITS) and as an assistant research professor of Tourism and Business Management in the GW School of Business. Under her leadership, IITS has grown to become a renowned tourism research center that plays a prominent role in tourism professional development, international development, curriculum development, and academic research.

“Located in New York City, the nation’s number one big-city destination with over 56 million visitors in 2014, the NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism is the perfect setting to prepare future leaders for careers in this booming industry,” said Dennis Di Lorenzo, dean of the NYU School of Professional Studies. “Dr. Lamoureux, with her academic background and her deep commitment to applied research to advance the industry, is the ideal person to lead the Center in creating innovative curricula, in engaging industry partners, and in attracting high-caliber students from around the world.”

Dr. Lamoureux has been involved in many tourism projects in developed and developing countries including in the U.S., Jordan, Honduras, Belize, Egypt, Mali, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Bulgaria, and Spain. She also has served as a consultant for the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. National Park Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Agency for International Development, The World Bank, the United Nations World Tourism Organization, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the International Ecotourism Society, and Conservation International.

“I am delighted that Dr. Lamoureux will be joining and leading the NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism. Her global understanding of the industry and its economic impact, as well as her strong professional connections around the world, will add tremendous value to the education and experience that we provide to our students,” noted Jonathan M. Tisch, co-chairman of the Board and Office of the President, Loews Corporation, and chairman, Loews Hotels & Resorts. Mr. Tisch, who served as an ex officio member of the search committee for the associate dean, also has been the conference chair of the School’s acclaimed annual International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference for over 20 years.

Active in the professional hospitality and tourism community, Dr. Lamoureux has served on several advisory boards including the Destination Marketing Association International’s Destination Marketing Accreditation Program and the Sustainable Travel International Board of Regents’ Educational Programs, among others. She also has served as an advisor to the Adventure Travel Trade Association and the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association.

Dr. Lamoureux is often asked to share her knowledge as an expert commentator and has been quoted by numerous media outlets including CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Time, Conde Nast Traveler, The Globe and Mail, and The Washington Times.

Dr. Lamoureux earned a BS in Travel and Tourism Management from Johnson and Wales University, and a Master of Tourism Administration and a PhD in Business Administration with a focus on Strategic Planning and Tourism Development from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. She also graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Catόlica del Ecuador with an associate’s degree in tourism and business.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism

The NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism, now celebrating 20 years of academic excellence, is a leading center for the study of these fields. Founded in 1995, the NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism was established in response to the growing need for hospitality and tourism undergraduate and graduate education.

The Tisch Center's cutting-edge curriculum attracts bright, motivated students who seek to become leaders in their fields. Through its undergraduate degree in hotel and tourism management, its graduate degrees and certificates in hospitality industry studies and tourism management, a plethora of noncredit programs, and its world-renowned conferences, students gain the knowledge and the skill sets that enable them to manage change, to communicate, to thrive in complex work environments, and to advance the businesses of hospitality and tourism.  For additional information on the Tisch Center, visit

About the NYU School of Professional Studies

Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies ( is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Politics; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Health Information Management; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing and Marketing Analytics; Professional Writing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Social Entrepreneurship; Sports Management, Media, and Business; and Translation.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create vibrant professional and academic networks that annually attract nearly 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by close to 48,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses, Diploma Programs, workshops, and seminars. The School’s community is enriched by more than 28,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit