Adam Beissel

Adam BeisselAssistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

219E Laws Hall

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

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 geopolitical economy of global sport. His primary research interests include six (6) themes:

(1)   Political Economy of Sport Mega-Events;

(2)   Geopolitics of Sport;

(3)   Sport Stadiums and Urban Development;

(4)   Social and Economic (in)justice in Collegiate Sport;

(5)   Sports Labor Markets and Global Athletic Migration and;

(6)   Sport, Globalization, and the Contemporary Global Economy.

His peer reviewed manuscripts have appeared in several high quality and highly selective academic journals, including: Sociology of Sport Journal; Journal of Sport and Social Issues; Sport in Society; Sport Management Review; Journal of Global Sport Management; International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics; International Journal of Sport Communication, International Journal of Sport Marketing and Sponsorship; and Journal of Intercollegiate Athletics. Moreover, he has published numerous book chapters on issues pertaining to the global politics of international sport in a number of edited books from such publishers as: Human Kinetics; Routledge; Palgrave MacMillan; Oxford University Press; Rutgers University Press; and Cornell University Press.

Adam’s research has been presented at such conferences as: North American Society for the Sociology of Sport; International Sociology of Sport World Congress; North American Society for Sport Management; College Sport Research Institute; the Football Collective; American Geographers; & Urban Affairs. In addition, he’s a frequent contributor to public scholarship with several news media interviews, authored op-eds, and featured podcasts appearances.

Adam is currently working on two interconnected and interdisciplinary research projects critically examining the cultural and political economies of: (1) the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup joint hosted by Australia and New Zealand and; (2) the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup joint hosted by the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Adam is currently working on several journal article and book chapter manuscripts with international research collaborators that will develop into two (2) separate books released in the build-up to the respective soccer tournaments.

Other ongoing research projects investigate the social, economic, and political machinations of sports programming at intercollegiate athletic institutions; explore the economic impact of mixed-use development logics guiding stadium construction; and examine the transnational mobility and movement of global athletic laborers in the context of international sport.

Courses Taught

  • SLM 414/513: Sport Economics (3 credits)
  • SLM 448/548: Global Perspectives in Sport (3 credits)
  • SLM 446 & 448: Sport, Management, & Culture in the Global Marketplace (6 credits – New Zealand)
  • SLM 414 OR 448: The Management and Culture of English Soccer (3 credits – London)

Publications in Progress

  • Beissel, A.S. (in preparation). The Political Economy of the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup. Routledge Book Series: Critical Research in Football. The Critical Research in Football. Routledge.
  • Friedman, M., Hindin, J., & Beissel, A.S. (in preparation). Producing a theme park city: A Lefebvrean analysis of The Battery Atlanta (In preparation, 2022). Sociology of Sport Journal. Contribution: 20%.
  • Beissel, A.S., Postlethwaite, V., Grainger, A., & Brice, J. (proposal under review). The FIFA 2023 Women’s World Cup: Politics, Representation, & Management. Book proposal under review for publication, Routledge Book Series on Women, Sport, and Physical Activity.
  • Beissel, A.S., Postlethwaite, V., Grainger, A. & Brice, J. (in review). A New Hope? FIFA 2.0, Women’s Football Strategy, and event bidding for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Soccer & Society.
  • Postlethwaite, V., Beissel, A.S., Brice, J., & Grainger, A. (in review). FIFA Women’s World Cup and legacy: From absence to centrality. International Journal of Sport History.

Recent Publications

  • Beissel, A.S., & Ternes, N. (2022). The Empire Strikes Back: FIFA 2.0, global peacemaking, and the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup United Bid. Journal of Global Sport Management.DOI: 10.1080/24704067.2022.2116589.
  • Crabill, E., Maddox, C., & Beissel, A.S. (accepted). We did it: Women’s World Cup 2023 analysis of online news media. International Journal of Sport Communication.
  • Brice, J., Grainger, A., Beissel, A.S., Postlethwaite, V. (2022). The World Cup Trilogy: An analysis of Aotearoa New Zealand’s hosting of three women’s sport mega-events to leverage gender initiatives and programmes. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics.DOI: 10.1080/19406940.2022.2117839.
  • Friedman, M. & Beissel, A.S. (2022). Supercharging the mallpark. In M. Friedman, Mallparks: The social production of contemporary cathedrals of Consumption. Cornell Publishing (Chapter 9).
  • Beissel, A.S. (2022). Disaster Football: Billionaire owners, shock therapy, and the exploitation of the COVID-19 pandemic in European football. In Andrews, D.L, Newman, J.I., & Thorpe, H, Sport and Physical Culture in Global Pandemic Times: COVID Assemblages. (Chapter 3). Palgrave McMillan.
  • Beissel, A.S., & Andrews, D.L. (2022). Sport, globalization, and glocalization. In Wenner, L. (Ed.), (Chapter 10). The Oxford Handbook of Sport & Society. Oxford University Press.
  • Beissel, A.S., & McLeod, C. (2022). The Corporeal Sport Economy. In J. I. Newman, D. L. Andrews, & R. Pitter (Eds.), The Active Body: A Socio-Cultural Introduction. (pp. 72-89). Human Kinetics. ISBN: 1450468659.
  • King-White, R., & Beissel, A.S., Clevenger, S. (2021). Trust me, don’t trust me: Administrative governance and the shift to big-time athletics at Towson University. Journal of Intercollegiate Athletics. 14, 626-651.
  • Beissel, A.S., Postlethwaite, V., & Grainger, A. (2021). “Winning the Women’s World Cup”: Gender, branding, and the Australia-New Zealand AS ONE 2023 social media strategy for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Sport In Society: Special Issue on Sport Mega-Events of the 2020s – Governance, Impacts, and Controversies. DOI:
  • Beissel, A.S., Grainger, A.G., & Morris, S.P. (2021). Going global: Developing, designing, and delivering a high-impact short-term, faculty-led study abroad for sport management students. In Rayner, M. & T. Webb (Eds.). Global Perspectives on Sport Management Education: Implications for Practice. (pp. 86-109). Routledge. ISBN: 9780367690267.
  • Ruihley, B. & Beissel, A.S. (2021). EconFantasy simulation and practice: Implications of research-led teaching. In Rayner, M. & T. Webb (Eds.). Global Perspectives on Sport Management Education: Implications for Practice. (pp. 58-72). Routledge. ISBN: 9780367690267.
  • Beissel, A.S., & Kohe, G. (2020). United as one: the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup hosting vision and the symbolic politics of legacy. Managing Sport Leisure. Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. DOI: 10.1080/23750472.2020.1846138.
  • Friedman, M.F. & Beissel, A.S. (2020). Beyond “who pays?”: Stadium development and urban governance. International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship: Special Issue on Sport and Urban Governance. Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. DOI: 10.1108/IJSMS-04-2020-0053.
  • Beissel, A.S., & Andrews, D.L. (2020). Art of the deal: Donald Trump, soft power, and winning the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup bid. In Clift, B. & Tomlinson, A. (Eds.), Populism and the Sport and Leisure Spectacle. (pp. 234-253). Routledge. ISBN:  9780367356385.
  • Beissel, A.S. (2019). Transnational corporations of football kin: Migration, labor flows, and the American Samoa MIRAB economy. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 44(1), 47-69. DOI: 10.1177/0193723519867684.
  • 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. DOI: 10.1123/ssj.2018-0100.
  • 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. (pp. 170-192). Rutgers University Press. ISBN: 9780813587738.

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)
  • The Football Collective (U.K.)