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Dr. Ross A. Klein, MSW, PhD

Ross Klein

Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research

School of Social Work
St. John's College, J - 2003
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Telephone: 709-864-8147

Dr. Klein completed a B.Sc. (Sociology) from Arizona State University in 1972. He received his M.S.W. designation in 1974 from the University of Maryland, moving on to earn his M.A. in 1979, and then his Ph.D. in 1982, from Syracuse University.

Before coming to Memorial in 1988, Dr. Klein taught at Iowa State University and Skidmore College, and had adjunct appointments to Skidmore College and Empire State College and served as a field instructor for the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University. He has held non-academic positions in several youth and family serving organizations.

Dr. Klein’s most recent teaching interests have focused on social work research methodology at the undergraduate and graduate levels in both classroom and distance education-based venues. Dr. Klein is active as a supervisor for students doing thesis route graduate degrees and serves on the Graduate Studies and Ph.D. program Committees of the School of Social Work.

Dr. Klein is frequently sought nationally and internationally as an expert on the cruise ship industry. He gives invited lectures around the world and serves as an expert witness in lawsuits against the cruise industry, including cases involving sexual assaults, environmental and social impact issues, labour rights, and passenger deaths.

His publication record is lengthy including books, monographs, and published reports pertaining to sex-related crimes on cruise ships, cruise industry environmental practices, oppressive and exploitative labour practices, and passenger rights. He has also published in the areas of anger management, women and addictions, foster care, employability enhancement, and community based psycho-social rehabilitation. He often presents his work at professional meetings and academic conferences. Currently, he is Associate Editor for the Journal of Socialist Studies, and for the Journal of Tourism in Marine Environments, having previously served on the editorial boards of several academic publications.

In 2008, Dr. Klein was elected President of MUNFA (Memorial University of Newfoundland Faculty Association) having been being Treasurer during 2005-2008.

At the community level, Dr. Klein has been active in the work of Family Service Canada, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Planned Parenthood, the Family Life Bureau and the St. John’s Cruise Ship Committee.

For more info about Dr. Klein's work, a copy of his CV (including publications) can be viewed on his website:

Upcoming 2012 Publications:

"Envisioning Environmental Policy as Social Policy: The Case of the International Cruise Industry," Perceiving Environmental Policy as Social Policy - and Social Policy as Environmental Policy: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Sustainability, (ed. I. Wallimann), Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, forthcoming in 2012

"Sexual Crimes on Cruise Ships: A Historical Perspective on Security Issues for Passengers and Crew," Proceedings of the Third International Cruise Conference, Bremerhaven: Cruise Research Society, In press 2012

Selected Publications:

Klein. R.A. 2012. "Different Streams in Cruise Tourism Research," Special Issue on Cruise Tourism, Tourism, 60:1, (In press)

Klein, R.A. 2012. "Treacherous Waters: The Latest Bad Publicity for the Global Cruise Industry is Just the Tip of the Iceberg," Foreign Policy, April 6, 2012 (; Reprinted as "Stop Rearranging the Deck Chairs: Cruise Industry Needs Big Changes," Settle Times, April 10, 2012 (

Klein, R. A. 2011. "Responsible Cruise Tourism: Issues of Cruise Tourism and Sustainability," Special Issue on Cruise Tourism: Emerging Issues and Implications for a Maturing Industry, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management,

Klein, R. A. and J. Poulson 2011. "Sex at Sea: Sexual Crimes on Cruise Ships," Journal of Tourism in Marine Environments, forthcoming 2011 (Ross A. Klein and Jill Poulston)

Klein, R. A. 2010. "The Cruise Sector and Its Environmental Impact," Tourism and the Implications of Climate Change: Issues and Actions, (ed. C. Schott), Bingley, UK: Emerald, pp. 113-130.

Klein, R. A. 2010. "Cruises and Bruises: Safety, Security and Social Issues on Polar Cruises," Cruise Tourism in Polar Regions: Promoting Environmental and Social Sustainability (ed. M. Luck, P.T. Maher, and E. Steward), London: Earthscan Ltd., pp. 57-74.

Klein, R. A. 2010. "The Cost of Cruising," Vancouver Observer, April 13, 2010 ( (Reprinted in Island Tides, 22:8 (April 29 ¬ May 12) pp. 2, 11; Reprinted in The Tyee, May 21, 2010 (

Klein, R. A. 2010. ‘Greening the Cruise Industry,’ Journal of Ocean Technology, 5:1 (March), pp. 7 ¬ 15.

Klein, R. A. 2010. ‘Environmental Impacts of Cruise Tourism,’ Prows Edge Cruise Magazine and Guide to Cruising, July 2009.

Klein, R. A. 2009. Getting a Grip on Cruise Ship Pollution, Washington, DC:
Friends of the Earth.

Klein, R. A. 2009. Cruising without a Bruising: Cruise Tourism and the Maritimes, Halifax, NS: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Klein, R.A. “An Intellectual Balancing Act,” Sociology on the Rock (Issue 3), Winter 2009. (

Klein, R. A. 2008. Paradise Lost at Sea: Rethinking Cruise Vacations, Halifax: Fernwood Publishing.

Klein, R. A. 2008. Multiple Entries (40) in Encyclopaedia of Tourism and Recreation in Marine Environments, Oxfordshire, UK: CAB International.

Klein, R. A. 2007. ‘Protecting Paradise: Minimizing the Downside of Cruise Tourism,’ Proceedings of the 5th International Coastal and Marine Tourism Congress: Balancing Marine Tourism, Development and Sustainability (ed. M.Luck et al), Auckland: New Zealand Tourism Research Institute, pp. 242-257.

Cheers, D., K. Kufeldt, R. Klein, and S. Rideout. 2007. ‘Comparing Caring: Preliminary Findings of an International Research Project Based on the Use of the Looking After Children System in Canada and Australia,' Children Australia, 32:2, pp. 21 ¬ 28.

Kufeldt, K. D. Cheers, R. Klein, S. Rideou. 2007. Looking After Children in Government Care in Australia and Canada, Fredericton, NB: University of New Brunswick.

Klein, R. A. 2007. ‘The Politics of Environmental Activism: A Case Study of the Cruise Industry and the Environmental Movement,’ Sociological Research Online, 12:2 (March), (

Kufeldt, K., L. McGilligan, R. A. Klein, and S. Rideout. 2006. ‘The Looking After Children Assessment Process: Promoting Resilient Children and Resilient Workers,’ Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services (Special Issue on International Foster Care), 87:4 (October-December), pp. 565 ¬ 574.

Klein, R. A. 2006. ‘Attack of the Oversized Playpen,’ Briarpatch Magazine
35:7 (November), pp. 14 ¬ 17.

Klein, R. A. 2006. "Troubled Seas: Social Activism and the Cruise Industry," Cruise Ship Tourism: Issues, Impacts, Cases (ed. Ross K. Dowling), Oxfordshire, England: CABI Publishing, pp. 377-388.

Klein, R. A. 2006. "Turning Water Into Money: The Economics of the Cruise Industry," Cruise Ship Tourism: Issues, Impacts, Cases (ed. Ross K. Dowling), Oxfordshire, England: CABI Publishing, pp. 261-269.

Klein, R. A., K. Kufeldt & S. Rideout. 2006. ‘An Examination of Resilience Theory and its Relevance for Child Welfare Practice,’ in Promoting Resilience in Child Welfare, (ed.) R.J. Flynn, P.M. Dudding, and J.G. Barber, Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, pp. 34-51.

Klein, R. A. 2005. Cruise Ship Squeeze: The New Pirates of the Seven Seas, Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers.

Klein, R. A. 2005. Playing Off the Ports: BC and the Cruise Tourism Industry, Vancouver, BC: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.