Faculty in the Sports, Society, and Technology (SST) Program

Primary Sports, Society, and Technology (SST) Faculty

Mary McDonald, PhD, Homer C. Rice Chair in Sports and Society

PROGRAM DIRECTOR, GEORGIA TECH SST

Both my research and teaching focus on American culture and sports including issues of inequality as related to gender, race, class and sexuality. My current research critically explores the relationships between gender, race and class as related to claims about wellbeing and health benefits within a variety of sporting and health contexts. I am also increasingly interested in exploring socially just and environmentally sustainable sport practices within cities. At Georgia Tech I teach HTS 3022 “Gender and Sports” as well as HTS 3073 “Sociology of Sports.” 

Johnny Smith, PhD, Associate Professor

Johnny Smith specializes in modern American history and the history of American sports. His newest book, Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X (written with Randy Roberts), examines the pivotal relationship between the famous boxer and the Muslim minister. His first book, The Sons of Westwood: John Wooden, UCLA, and the Dynasty That Changed College Basketball  explores the emergence of college basketball as a national pastime and the political conflicts in college athletics during the 1960s and 1970s. Professor Smith teaches "History of Sports in America" and "Boxing, Race, and American Culture."

Sarah Barnes, PhD, Postdoc in Sports, Society, and Technology

Sarah Barnes is a postdoctoral fellow working with the Sports, Society & Technology (SST) program. She recently completed her PhD in Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario) specializing in the sociocultural study of sport, health, and the body. Her research examines historical and current intersections of sport, sleep, science, and technology.  She is currently conducting research that explores how sleep has come to be thought of as the ultimate performance-enhancing strategy. She will be teaching SST courses such as "Foundations of Sports Studies," and "Science, Technology, and Sports."


Faculty Teaching in SST


Affiliated Faculty and Staff

Jared Batterman, Sonification Lab, School of Psychology, Engineering Psychology Program, Georgia Institute of Technology

My overall research interests relate to the display of information to users through different modalities such as sight, sound, vibration, etc. More sports specific, my lab has been exploring ways to present statistical sports data to visually impaired users who are partaking in fantasy football. Our goals are accessibility, inclusion and universal design for sports related data, especially for fantasy sports.

Jonathan Schuett, Sonification Lab, School of Psychology, Engineering Psychology Program, Georgia Institute of Technology

My overall research interests relate to the display of information to users through different modalities such as sight, sound, vibration, etc. More sports specific, my lab has been exploring ways to present statistical sports data to visually impaired users who are partaking in fantasy football. Our goals are accessibility, inclusion and universal design for sports related data, especially for fantasy sports.

Joel Sokol, PhD, School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

One of my primary research interests is sports analytics.  I've worked with teams or leagues in all three of the major American sports, as well as with sports-related startups, and I have several sports analytics publications, including my LRMC method for NCAA basketball prediction (for which I've appeared on ESPN and CNN).

John Stasko, School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology

My research is in the area of data visualization, and one of the areas that interests me is sports data visualization.  Last fall I co-chaired a workshop on Sports Data Visualization at the IEEE VIS Conference.  I also co-taught a seminar on Sports Analytics here in College of Computing for two years in 2011 and 2012.