Graduate Student Information

This page is for current graduate students and for students who wish to pursue a degree related to the sociology of sport.
About Graduate Representatives

NASSS Graduate Student Representative Contact Information

Contact Kasie Murphy --[email protected]
Stacey Flores -- [email protected]

Information about the role of Graduate Student Representatives


Learn more about our pre-conference workshops. All NASSS graduate students and junior faculty of color regardless of citizenship or nationality are encouraged to apply to this program. Advisers please encourage your students and junior colleagues to apply!

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Graduate Student Awards

NASSS has two awards for Graduate Students. Click on each page for more details.

Barbara Brown Outstanding Student Paper Award

Gary Sailes Graduate Diversity Scholarship Award

Conference Information for Graduate Students

Conference Opportunities for Graduate Students

The NASSS Conference is a great place for grad students to meet each other and to interact with faculty in their field. The NASSS grad reps organize several programs to help graduate students get the most out of the conference.

You can also contact the grad representatives ([email protected]) with any questions about the programs.

Grad Student Room Share:

Sharing a room can help with your expenses and allow you to meet other students. NASSS Grad Reps help interested grad students meet others who want to share the cost of a hotel room.
Take a Student to Lunch

This program is a valuable way for grad students to connect with faculty during the conference. All grad students attending the conference are eligible to sign up. You will be matched with a faculty member who shares your research interests.

Graduate Student Specific Events

Each year, the graduate reps help organize a panel lunch and a social at the conference.  Information will be posted as it is available.

Graduate Programs

This is a listing of universities offering graduate programs in the sociology and cultural studies of sport, physical activity, leisure and recreation. All information was provided by individuals from these institutions, so the NASSS Graduate Representatives cannot guarantee the accuracy of all information on this page. Please contact individual departments for the most up-to-date information about a program.

Should your institution be on this list? Is there missing or inaccurate information? Please let the NASSS Graduate Representatives know by emailing us at [email protected].

New Zealand
United States


Institution & LocationProgram TitleNotable Faculty
University of Alberta, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation Studies of Sport and LeisureJudy Davidson, Jim Denison, Pirrkko Markula, Lisa McDermott, Jay Scherer
British Columbia
University of British Columbia, School of Kinesiologyhttp://kin.educ.ubc.caMA, MsC, and PhD in KinesiologyOptions: Social SciencesWendy Frisby, Patricia Vertinsky, Brian Wilson
University of Manitoba, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management and MSc (with a multi-faculty PhD program)Russell Field, Joannie Halas, Moss Norman, LeAnne Petherick, Sarah Teetzel
Queen’s University, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies MA and PhDOptions: Sociocultural Studies of Sport, Health & the BodyMary Louise Adams, Rob Beamish, Samantha King, Elaine Power
University of Toronto, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education and PhD in Exercise SciencesOptions: SocioculturalMichael Atkinson, Peter Donnelly, Caroline Fusco, Bruce Kidd, Margaret MacNeill
University of Waikato, Department of Sport and Leisure Studies’s and PhDLisa Hunter, Dawn Penney, Clive Pope, Bob Rinehart, Holly Thorpe
University of Otago, School of Physical Education, Sport, & Exercise Science*3 Year International PhD scholarships available *
Masters and PhD
Options: Sociology of Sport, Physical Cultural Studies, Sport Management & Policy*Degree can be completed through either the School of PESES or the Department of Sociology (or both).
Steve Jackson, Michael Sam, Lisette Burrows, Mark Falcous, Doug Booth, Tania Cassidy, Sally Shaw, Ojeya Cruz-Banks, Anne-Marie Jackson
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California State University, Fullerton, Department of Kinesiology in Kinesiology Options: Sport StudiesSteve Walk
California State University Northridge, Department of Kinesiology

MS in Kinesiology: Concentration in Sport Studies

Chris Bolsmann, Douglas McLaughlin
San Francisco State University, Department of Kinesiology


Options: Physical Activity: Social Scientific Perspectives

Susan G. Zieff
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Sociology Department
MastersJay Coakley (Emeritus), Jeffrey Montez de Oca
University of Connecticut, Department of Kinesiology in KinesiologyOptions: Exercise Science, Sport Management & Sociology of SportJennifer Bruening, Laura Burton
University of Georgia, Department of Kinesiology, EdD in Physical Education & Sport Studies; EdD,PhD in Curriculum & Instruction (Pedagogy)Options: Sport Studies, Physical Education PedagogyBilly Hawkins
University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign, Department of Kinesiology and Community Healthhttp://www.kch.uiuc.eduPhD in Kinesiology, PhD in Community HealthOptions: Bio-behavioral Kinesiology, Cultural, Pedagogical & Interpretive StudiesWojtek Chodzko-Zajko
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, School of Public Health, Department of Kinesiology, Sport Management Program and PhD in Sport ManagementGary Sailes,Ph.D.
University of Iowa, Department of American Studies in American Studies, Sport Studies trackSusan Birrell
Tom Oates
Tina Parratt
Travis Vogan
University of Kansas, Department of Health, Sport & Exercise Sciences in EducationOptions: Health Education, Sports Studies
University of Maryland, Department of Kinesiology in KinesiologyOptions: Pedagogical Studies, Sport Commerce & CultureDavid Andrews, Michael Friedman, Shannon Jette, Damion Thomas
Springfield College, Department of Exercise Science & Sport Studieshref=" in Exercise & Sport StudiesOptions: Sport & Exercise Psychology
University of Minnesota, School of Kinesiology in KinesiologyOptions: Sport Management, Sport Psychology, Sport SociologyJo Ann Buysse, Mary Jo Kane, Nicole LaVoi
North Carolina
University of North Carolina – Greensboro, Department of Exercise & Sport Science, PhD in Exercise & Sport ScienceOptions: EdD, College Teaching or Leadership track; PhD, Sociohistorical Studies of Physical ActivityKatherine Jamieson
Kent State University, School of Foundations, Leadership & Administration Sport StudiesOptions: Sport and Recreation ManagementLeticia Gonzales, Sangkwon Lee, Mark Lyberger, Daniel Mahoney, Aaron Mulrooney, Kimberly S. Schimmel, Theresa Walton
Rhode Island
University of Rhode Island, Department of Kinesiology’s Degree in Kinesiology Options: Specialization in Cultural Studies of Sport and Physical CultureKyle Kusz
University of Tennessee, Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies in Kinesiology and Sport StudiesLars Dzikus
University of Houston, Department of Health & Human Performance in KinesiologyOptions: Socio-cultural Influence on Physical Activity & ObesityDemetrius Pearson
University of Texas, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, EdD in KinesiologyOptions: Sport Management, Interdisciplinary Sport Studies
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