Mary G. McDonald

School(s)
School of History and Sociology
Title
Professor and Homer C. Rice Chair in Sports and Society

Despite the distance of playing fields, courts, and rinks from most people’s daily lives, sport is a tremendously powerful presence in our culture. It can be a source of identity, of patriotism, of economic gain or loss. It ignites passions, fills time, and influences the way we understand genders, races, classes, nations, and bodies.

Areas of Expertise

  • Gender, Race, Class, and Sexuality in Sport

Biography

McDonald, director of the Sports, Society and Technology Program, is one of the leading figures in the sociology of sport. McDonald’s research focuses on American culture and sport including issues of gender, race, class, sexuality, and inequality in sport.

Examples of stories McDonald could comment on include , Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), player protests including NFL kneeling protests, sport and the media, security and the Super Bowl, and issues involving gender, race, or class inequality in sport.

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Books

Reading Sport: Critical Essays on Power and Representation (co-editor)

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