Mary G. McDonald

Professor, Homer C. Rice Chair in Sports and Society

Member Of:
  • School of History and Sociology
  • Center for Urban Innovation
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Mary G. McDonald (Ph.D., University of Iowa) is the Homer C. Rice Chair in Sports and Society. A past president of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Professor McDonald has published more than 40 refereed articles and book chapters and co-edited Reading sport: critical essays on power and representation, a foundational work in the field which earned a Choice award as a top academic title. Her research focuses on American culture and sport including issues of inequality as related to gender, race, class and sexuality. She has edited special issues of the Sociology of Sport Journal devoted to (Post) "identity and sport" and "whiteness and sport" and is a frequent speaker on these and other subjects in professional forums and other venues. She is currently a member of the Executive Board of the International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA) serving a term (2016-2019) as Vice President in charge of communications. As Homer C. Rice Chair, she directs the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts initiative in Sports, Society, and Technology.

Research Fields:
  • Agriculture, Health, and the Environment
  • Global Cities and Urban Society
  • U.S. Society and Politics/Policy Perspectives
  • North America
  • United States
  • Gender
  • Inequality and Social Justice
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Feminism
  • Media
  • Sports
  • Sustainability
  • HTS-3022: Gender and Sports
  • HTS-3073: Sociology of Sports
  • HTS-3075: Foundations Sports Stds
  • HTS-6001: Proseminar-Social Theory