Briavel Holcomb, Ph.D.


Professor, Retired
B.Sc., Nottingham University; Dip.Ed., Oxford University; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Colorado
Research Interests
  • Tourism
  • Urban Geography
  • Societal Impacts of the World Wide Web
  • Gender

Briavel Holcomb is a retired Professor in the Bloustein School and former Director of the Humphrey Program. She is a geographer whose recent research focused on tourism and on the internet. She has been a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Malta and a visiting professor at the University of Exeter (UK), the New School (NY), the University of Colorado, and the University of Pittsburgh’s Semester at Sea program. She was elected to the Council’s of the Association of American Geographers and the American Geographical Society and was President of the Middle States Region of the AAG. She has served on the editorial boards of The Annals of American GeographyThe Professional GeographerFocus, and Urban Affairs Review. Her publications include three books and numerous articles and book chapters. Dr. Holcomb was the recipient of the 2012 Association of American Geographers Distinguished Teaching Honors, and has twice sailed around the world teaching on Semester at Sea.

View all course offerings and related syllabi
  • Tourism Planning
  • The Urban World
  • Cybercities
  • Tourism Planning
  • Cybercities

Recent Publications

Chapters in Books or Monographs

  • 2016: Holcomb, B. “A Sure/Shore thing? Tourism Recovery in New York and New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy” in After Hurricane Sandy: Taking Chances on the Coast by Karen O’Neill and Daniel Van Abs, eds. Rutgers University Press.
  • 2016: Holcomb, B. “Community” International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology. Association of American Geographers.

Articles in Refereed Journals

  • 2014: Selling New Jersey for Tourism after Sandy. Public Administration Times. August.
  • 2013: “Mobile Technologies and youthful exploration: Stimulus or Inhibitor?” Urban Studies, 50 (3) pp.587-605. With Michael Leyshon and Sean DiGiovanna.


  • 2015: The Urban Wisdom of Jane Jacobs Ed. Sonia Hirt. AAG Review of Books. Online.
  • 2013: Our House in the Clouds: Building a Second Life in the Andes of Ecuador by Judy Blankenship in Latin American Geography Vol 12.
  • 2012: Curiosity, Inquiry, and the Geographical Imagination by Daniel W. Gade. Latin American Geography. Vol 11.
Selected Publications