Ann-Kathrin McLean

Associate faculty

Tourism & Hospitality Management

Dr. Ann-Kathrin McLean’s research evaluates the relationship between collective memory, Holocaust remembrance and a site of trauma. Understanding this relationship is important as we see a revival in fascist populism worldwide.

McLean is interested in how vectors (or forces) of memory inform and reshape a new form of transitional memory of the Holocaust. In the 21st century, history mediation assists to learn, understand, analyze and develop memory into remembrance; bearing in mind that stories originally shared by first-hand narratives will become embedded in commemorative activities and tours at memorial sites.

Of specific focus is how Millennials interpret sites of Nazi war heritage and construct individual meaning. In order to help mitigate the memory loss across generations, McLean investigates how visiting a site of memory impacts a more embodied form of remembrance and influences a reflexive self.


McLean has more than 10 years of experience in a number of tourism sectors that include accommodation, food and beverage, events, festivals and live theatre.

She has been the production manager for international performing arts productions at the largest theatre festival in Europe and obtained hotel industry experience in the Middle East. She taught at Capilano University in Vancouver, in the School of Tourism and in the School of Business at Camosun College, Victoria.  

At Royal Roads University she has teaching experience at both the undergraduate and graduate level and is the grateful recipient of the Kelly Outstanding Teaching Award - category new teacher.

Memberships and Committees

Ann-Kathrin is the president of the Young Researchers Network (YRN), an official entity of the European Community Studies Association Canada (ECSA-C). Learn more about the Network and respective goals and don’t hesitate to connect if you are interested in getting involved. 


Doctor of Social Sciences

Royal Roads University

Master of Arts in Tourism Management

Royal Roads University

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Business Administration

Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Tourism Management

Thompson Rivers University

Events and Conventions Management Diploma

Thompson Rivers University


Kelly Outstanding Teacher Award (New Teacher)

Royal Roads University

Konrad Adenauer Research Fellow

Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria

Teaching with Technology Grant

Royal Roads University


Research interest

Holocaust remembrance

Memory studies



McLean, A. (forthcoming, fall 2023). Millennials, Transitional Memory, and the Future of Holocaust Remembrance. In Stone, P. & Wright, D. (Eds.), The Future of Dark Tourism: Enlightening New Horizons. Channel View Publications.

Wilson-Mah, R., McLean, A. (forthcoming, fall 2023). Students as Partners (SaP): Curriculum Development for a Field Study Course. International Journal for Students as Partners. 

McLean, A. (2023). Millennials as Second-Person Witnesses of the Holocaust: A Case Study on the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site. (Doctoral dissertation). Royal Roads University. 

Wilson-Mah, R., McLean, A., (2023). Students as Partners (SaP): Curriculum Development for a Field Study Course. Conference University of Hawaii. 

McLean, A. & Wilson-Mah, R. (2023). You’re Not Alone: The Online Conference. In Hamilton, D., Childs, E., Dandar, D. & Kool, R. (Eds.), Active Learning for Real-World Inquiry, (pp. 384-396). Royal Roads University.

Bird, G.R., Leighton, H., McLean, A. (2020). A matter of life and death: Tourism as sensual remembrance. In Palmer, C., & Andrews, H. (Eds.), Tourism and embodiment (pp. 121-139). Abingdon: Routledge.

Kirchmeier, F. (Translated by McLean, A.) (2016). German war cemeteries in Normandy: Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge. In G. Bird, G., S. Claxton, & K. Reeves, (Eds.). (pp. 91-102). Managing and Interpreting D-Day's Sites of Memory: Guardians of Remembrance. Routledge.