Dr. Bernard M. Kitheka



Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • PhD, Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management, 2015, Clemson University SC
  • MS, Environmental Sciences (Sustainability), 2010, Miami University OH
  • BSc, Wildlife Management, 1997, Moi University, Kenya


  • Ecotourism
  • Community Recreation & Tourism
  • Private/Commercial Recreation & Tourism
  • Leisure Education

Research and professional interests

  • Urban Change & Sustainability
  • Human Dimensions of Sustainability
  • Ecotourism; Sustainable Development
  • Travel & Tourism Competitiveness
  • Role of Play & Recreation Across Generations
  • Play & Social Inclusion


  • Carmen, N., Kitheka, B. & Sabuhoro, E. (2017).  Regional tourism development within the East African Community.  Book Chapter in: Tourism and Political Change, Edited by Butler, D. & Suntikul, W. (in press).

  • Kitheka, B. M., Baldwin, E. D., White, D. L., & Harding, D. N. (2016).  A different "we" in urban sustainability: how the city of Chattanooga, TN, community defined their own sustainability path.  International Journal of Tourism Cities, 2(3), 185-205.

  • Kitheka, B. M. & Backman, S. K. (2016).  Gaps identified in tourism-environment policy in Kenya: a content analysis to assess sustainable tourism policy in the country.  International Journal of Tourism Policy, 6(3/4), 235-255.

  • Kitheka, B. M. (2012).  Urban Tourism and Urban Change:  Cities in a Global Economy, by Costas Spirou.  Tourism Analysis, 18(5), 617-618.

Other interests

Bernard has been researching and consulting on travel and tourism competitiveness in the East African region. Other work in East Africa includes supporting preservation of open spaces and advocating for plays and recreation programming in the large cities


  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Soccer
  • Cribbage
  • Scrabble