Pegi Vail is a filmmaker, anthropologist and Associate Director of the Center for Media, Culture, and History at NYU. She has taught at NYU and Columbia University on Film, Culture, and Tourism. Her book, Right of Passage, based on her research among backpackers in Bolivia as a Fulbright scholar, is forthcoming (Duke University Press). Vail has additionally served as lecturer for Columbia Alumni Travel Study Tours and National Geographic and serves as a judge for National Geographic’s World Legacy Awards and the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. As a curator, she has collaborated with organizations such as the Museum of the American Indian, American Museum of Natural History, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and The Moth, the storytelling collective she was a founding board member and curator for. She directed and produced the award-winning documentary on the impact of tourism globally, Gringo Trails, and the short documentary, The Dodger’s Symphony.