Adam Beissel

Adam BeisselAssistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

202K Phillips Hall

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

Curriculum Vitae

Biography and Related Experience

Dr. Adam S. Beissel is an Assistant Professor of Sport Leadership and Management (SLAM) at Miami University (OH). Prior to joining Miami in 2017, Adam previously held a position on the faculty of the Physical Cultural Studies program at the University of Maryland – College Park. He earned a BS in Sport Management from Towson University, an MBA from University of Baltimore/Towson University, and a PhD in Sport Studies from the University of Otago (New Zealand).

Scholarly Focus

Adam’s scholarship and teaching interrogates the cultural and political economies of sport. His primary research interests include: the Economics of Sport Mega-Events; Global Politics of International Sport; Sport Stadiums and Urban Development; Social and Economic (in)justice in College Sport; Sports Labor Markets and Global Athletic Migration. In addition to publishing several book chapters on issues pertaining to the cultural politics of sport, Adam has been published in numerous academic journals, including Sociology of Sport Journal, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, Sport and Society, Sport Management Review, International Journal of Sport Marketing and Sponsorship.

Adam is currently working on a research project critically examining the political economy of the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup joint hosted by the United States, Mexico, and Canada. He is currently working on several journal article manuscripts with research collaborators that he hopes to develop into a book released in the build-up to the world’s most prestigious and widely viewed soccer tournament.

Courses Taught

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

Recent Publications

  • Beissel, A. S., & Andrews, D. L. (In process, 2019). “The Art of the Deal”: Donald Trump, Soft Power, and Winning the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup Bid. In Sport and Populism (p. 20). New Jersey: Rutgers University Press
  • Beissel, A. S., & Newman, J. (In process, 2019). “Mexico is Not Our Friend”: Donald Trump, US-Mexican-Canadian relations, and the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup United Bid. Sociology of Sport Journal, 25.
  • Beissel, A. S., & Ternes, N. (In process, 2019). United 2026: The Political Economy of the FIFA 2026 Men’s World Cup. International Review for the Sociology of Sport (IRSS), 25.
  • Friedman, M.F. & Beissel, A.S. (In review, 2019). Toward an Integrated Future of Stadium Development: Public Purpose, Urban Governance, and a New Model of Stadium Public Stadium Development. Urban Affairs.
  • Beissel, A.S. (In press, 2019). Transnational Corporations of Football Kin: Migration, Labor Flows, and the American Samoa MIRAB Economy. Journal of Sport and Social Issues.
  • King-White, R.W. & Beissel, A.S. (2018). Sport in the Aspirational Corporate University: A Genealogy of Athletic Programming Development at Towson University. Sociology of Sport Journal. 35(4), 334-346.
  • Beissel, A.S. (2018). 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.

Professional Society Memberships

  • International Society for the Sociology of Sport (ISSA)
  • North American Society of Sport Management (NASSM)
  • North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS)
  • North American Association of Sport Economics (NAASE)