Early Career Researcher Award

Sponsored by Human Kinetics

Established in 2013, the Sociology of Sport Journal’s Early Career Researcher Award is given to an early career NASSS member in recognition of significant scholarly contributions to the sociology of sport field. The Award is open to all members of NASSS who have received a PhD within the previous seven (7) years of the Award year (i.e., for 2024, an individual would have received their PhD between 2017 and 2023). An individual shall be considered for the Award if he/ she/they meet(s) the eligibility standards and the Chair receives the following documentation by the established award deadline: Monday, June 3rd 2024 5pm ET (-4:00 UTC)

Applications must include the following:

1) A letter of nomination from a member of NASSS outlining the nominee’s accomplishments to date, as well as anticipated future contributions to the field.
2) a copy of the nominee’s most recent curriculum vitae
3) two representative scholarly publications by the nominee.

A member of NASSS may only nominate one individual for this Award per year. Self-nominations shall not be accepted.

The award winner will receive a $1,000 (USD) scholarship to be used for registration and travel to the NASSS annual meetings in November 2024.

Applications should be sent to: [email protected]
Any inquiries should be directed to: Dr. Cheryl Cooky (Chair, and SSJ editor) at [email protected]


2023: Christopher McLeod, University of Florida
2022: Dr. Dunja Antunovic, University of Minnesota
2021: Danielle Peers, University of Alberta
2020: Kyle Bunds, North Carolina State University

2019: Rachel Allison, University of Mississippi
2018: Joseph C. Cooper, University of Connecticut
2017: Lyndsay Hayhurst, York University, Canada
2016:Brad Millington, University of Bath, UK
2015:  Holly Thorpe, University of Waikato, New Zealand