Rachel Giraudo

Dr. Rachel F. Giraudo, a Bay Area native, spent her adolescence in West Sonoma County, and as a teenager began her travels to Ireland, Central America, and Southern Africa. After earning her undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley, she moved to England to undertake graduate work at the University of Cambridge as an inaugural Gates Cambridge Scholar. She then returned to UC Berkeley to pursue her doctorate in Anthropology, researching cultural heritage and tourism development in Southern Africa. With support from the Fulbright Program, Dr. Giraudo conducted two years of ethnographic fieldwork at the Tsodilo Hills, a remote area of Botswana and also a World Heritage Site. Several years later, Ph.D.-in-hand along with an academic position in Southern California, she began a new research project examining cannabis tourism within the political context of cannabis legalization in the United States. In addition, she co- organized the Cannabis Cultures event at the American Anthropological Association’s 2015 Annual Meeting in Denver, CO. Dr. Giraudo is currently Associate Professor of Anthropology at California State University, Northridge, though she maintains her roots in Northern California and gets back as often as possible.