George Gmelch is Professor of Anthropology at the University of San Francisco. He did his undergraduate work at Stanford and his Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a cultural anthropologist who studies sport cultures, migration, culture change and tourism. As an anthropologist he has also worked among Irish Travellers, English Gypsies, return migrants in Barbados, Ireland and Newfoundland, commercial fishermen, Alaska natives, and Caribbean villagers and tourism workers. He has published 15 books and has also written widely for general audiences, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Psychology Today, Society, and Natural History.
As a co-investigator with On the Move, George conducted his field work in Newfoundland.