School of Social Work
Ross Klein’s earliest maritime research concerned fishing rights, specifically the Cod Wars between the UK and Iceland (1949 -1976) and Tuna Wars between the US and Ecuador and Peru (1948 – 1975), but he now studies the international cruise ship industry in its many facets. Most recently he has analyzed problems of onboard crime especially sexual assaults and disappearances under mysterious circumstances. His work of the past several years has been concerned with environmental practices, with flags of convenience and off-shore corporate registration. He has lectured and written about the economic impact of cruise ships on ports of call. Medical care and illness outbreaks on board ship come within his expertise, and he has contributed to the literature on shipping companies’ liability for passengers’ medical care. In addition to publishing four books about the cruise industry, Klein has written six reports for non-governmental organizations in the US and Canada, more than a dozen articles and book chapters, and has given over 50 public lectures across North America, the Caribbean, and in Australia, New Zealand, and Belize.
Following appointments in the United States, at Skidmore College and Iowa State University, Klein joined the faculty at Memorial in 1988. He is frequently interviewed by media about his research and asked to comment on issues related to the cruise industry. He is an expert witness in legal cases against cruise lines, and has testified before the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, and several city/county councils. Klein has also worked closely with Members of Parliament on issues related to environmental practices of the cruise industry and crimes against Canadians on cruise ships. He is a research Associate of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
- Syracuse University, PhD, 1982
- Syracuse University, MA, 1979
- University of Maryland, MSW, 1974
- Arizona State University, BS. 1972
- Representation without taxation: The power and politics of the cruise industry,” (2017) Cruise Ship Tourism, 2nd Edition (R.K. Dowling & C. Weeden, ed.), Wallingford, UK: CABI, pp. 57-71
“Passengers and Risk: Health, Wellbeing, and Liability,” (2017) Cruise Ship Tourism, 2nd Edition (R.K. Dowling & C. Weeden, ed.), Wallingford, UK: CABI (R. Klein, M. Lueck & J. Poulston), pp. 106-123
“Troubled seas: The politics of activism related to the cruise industry,” (2016) Journal of Tourism in Marine Environments 11:2/3 (R. Klein & K. Sitter), pp. 147-160.
“Introductory Note: ‘Long-Tail’ or ‘Fairy-Tale’? The case for scientific publishing on cruise,” (2015) Special Issue on Cruise Research, Journal of Tourism in Marine Environments 10:3/4, pp. 141-148 (A. Papathanassis and R. Klein)
“Safety, Security, Health and Social Responsibility,” (2015) in Cruise Business Development - Safety, Design and Human Capital (ed. A. Papathanassis), Berlin: Springer Verlag, pp 3 – 15
“Crime at Sea: A Comparison of Crime on Carnival Cruise Lines, 2007 – 2011,” (2015) in Cruise Business Development - Safety, Design and Human Capital (ed. A. Papathanassis), Berlin: Springer Verlag, pp. 17 - 28
“Old Ships in New Bottles: Where Do Cruise Ships Go When They Get Old?” (2014) Cruise Tourism & Innovation: Improving Passengers’ Experiences (ed. A. Pappathanassis, M.H. Breitner, A. de Groot), Berlin: Verlag. pp. 185-198
“The Cruise Industry’s Business Model: Implications for Ports,” (2014) Harboring Tourism: Cruise Ships in Historic Port Communities (ed. E. Avrami), New York: World Monuments Fund, pp. 46-51
“Tensions Between Cruise Tourism and Land-based Tourism: The Case of Key West and Dubrovnik,” (2014) Harboring Tourism: Cruise Ships in Historic Port Communities (ed. E. Avrami), New York: World Monuments Fund, pp. 88-93