Adam Beissel

Adam BeisselAssistant Professor

Area: Sport Leadership and Management
Office: Phillips Hall

Degree: Ph.D., University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
M.B.A., University of Baltimore/Towson University
B.S., Towson University

Curriculum Vitae

Years of Service on this Faculty

  • Assistant Professor, 2017-Present

Related Experience

  • 2012-2017, Lecturer, Physical Cultural Studies, Department of Kinesiology, University of Maryland – College Park
  • 2009-2012, Teaching Fellow, School of Physical Education, University of Otago
  • 2007-2009, Teaching Assistant, Department of Kinesiology, Towson University
  • 2006-2008, Research Assistant, Department of Kinesiology, Towson University

Scholarly Interests

My research agenda advances the critical and theoretical study of sport and physical culture, with particular regard to the complex relationship between sport and the various facets (social, cultural, political, economic, and technological) of early twenty-first century life. My areas of scholarly focus include:

  • Political and Cultural Economies of Sport
  • Social and Economic (in)justice in College Sport
  • Global Athletic Labor Migration
  • Sport for Development and Peace

I explore these issues using qualitative and critical methodologies, with particular interest in ethnographic fieldwork, semi-structured interviews, focus groups, and survey data.


  • KNH 212: Introduction to Sport Management (3 credits)
  • KNH 313: Sport Economics (3 credits)
  • KNH 448: Global Perspectives in Sport (3 credits)
  • KNH 499: Sport, Management, & Culture in the Global Marketplace (3 credits – New Zealand)
  • KNH 499: Sport, Management, & Culture in the Global Marketplace (3 credits – London & Dublin)

Principal Publications

  • Beissel, A.S. (In process, 2018). Transnational Corporations of Football Kin: Migration, Labor Flows, and the American Samoa MIRAB Economy. International Review for the Society of Sport.
  • King-White, R.W. & Beissel, A.S. (In review, 2018). Towson University at a Neoliberal Problematic: An Interdisciplinary, Multi-Method Study of Organizational Politics and (De)Democratic Decision-Making in Intercollegiate Stadium Financing. Sociology of Sport Journal.
  • Friedman, M.F. & Beissel, A.S. (In press, 2018). Supercharging the Mallpark: The Battery, Atlanta, and the Future of Baseball Stadium Development. In Friedman, M.F. The Mallpark: Consuming cathedrals of Consumption: Publisher
  • Beissel, A.S. (2017). Confessions of a human trafficker: Inside the global recruitment system(s) and network(s) of international student-athletes in NCAA football. In King-White, R.W. (Ed.). Sport in the Neoliberal University: Profit, Politics, and Pedagogy. Rutgers University Press.
  • Beissel, A.S., Giardina, M., & Newman, J.I. (2015) Men of Steel: Social class, masculinity, and cultural citizenship in post-industrial Pittsburgh. In Guschwan, M. (Ed.). Sport and Citizenship. New York: Routledge.
  • Newman, J.I., & Beissel, A.S. (2009). The limits to ‘NASCAR Nation’: Sport and the ‘recovery movement’ in disjunctural times. Sociology of Sport Journal, 26(4), 517-539.

Scientific and Professional Society Membership

  • International Society for the Sociology of Sport (ISSA)
  • North American Society of Sport Management (NASSM)
  • Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand (SMAANZ)
  • North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS)

Honors and Awards

  • 2016-2017, Provost’s Excellence Award for Professional Track Faculty – Excellent in Teaching, University of Maryland
  • 2015-2016 Doris W. Sands Award for Teaching Excellence; awarded annually to one member of the School of Public Health for consistent excellence and effectiveness in teaching.