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College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University

Dr. Abena A. Aidoo
PhD, University of Delaware
Associate Professor
Talent Equity Advisor, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Tourism and Events Management

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Phone: (703) 993-9047
Fax: (703) 993-1269
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George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Krug Hall 211C
4400 University Dr.
MS 4D2
Fairfax, VA 22030


Dr. Abena Aidoo, is an Associate Professor in the Tourism & Events Management (TEM) program, in the School of Sport, Recreation, and Tourism Management, at George Mason University (Mason).  During the 10+ years she has been at the University, she has taught a wide variety of courses such as, Heritage and Cultural Tourism, Tourism Planning and Policy, Introduction to Tourism Management, Ecotourism, the Administration of Sport, Recreation, and Tourism Organizations, Women and Tourism, and Film and Medical Tourism.

In the Summer of 2020, Dr. Aidoo contributed to the University-wide course UNIV 391 - Covid-19: The Mason Impact, where she taught a class on Navigating Tourism in the Covid-19 Era.

In addition, in the same year (2020) she co-authored the textbook, The Business of Sustainable Tourism Development and Management.

For about 3 and a half years, Dr. Aidoo served as the Fieldwork Experience Coordinator for the TEM program, during which she revamped the curriculum of the two required internship courses to enhance the overall experience for students and the partner agencies; by revising the Internship Manual, adapting the Manual to produce a Practicum Manual, creating a pre-registration Online Orientation, and presenting on the program to industry partners. She also led the effort in revising and updating all required paperwork, as well as streamlining the TEM program's Practicum and Internship Experiences Webpage.

Dr. Aidoo serves on a number of key committes at different levels in the University, including the College's Anti-Racism and Inclusice Excellence Working Group, and Equity Advisor Team, and the University's Faculty and Curricular Activities Committee. In addition, she also serves as a board member for the Fairfax County Park Authority.

Prior to coming to Mason, Dr. Aidoo worked on her doctorate degree in Urban Affairs and Public Policy, with an emphasis on Tourism Development, at the University of Delaware (UD).  At UD, in addition to the work on her dissertation, she worked with esteemed public service faculty on issues surrounding poverty, including food stamps, the revitalization of an abandoned neighborhood, and housing. 

She received her Master of Human Resource Development degree from Clemson University, after which she worked as a Residence Life Coordinator at Georgia Institute of Technology. 

She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Psychology from the University of Ghana.

As a Commercial Clerk at the Embassy of the United States in Accra, Ghana, she worked to promote U.S. exports to, and to facilitate U.S. investments in, Ghana.  In this position, she was integrally involved in various activities, including the organization of large-scale events for the Department of State and the Department of Commerce, in Accra, Ghana.

Research Interests
  • Heritage and Cultural Tourism
  • Tourism Planning and Policy
  • Tourism as a Socioeconomic Development Strategy
  • Ecotourism
  • Tourism in Sub-Saharan Africa
Recent Publications

Slocum, S. L., Aidoo, A., & McMahon, K. (2020). The business of sustainable tourism development and management. Routledge.