Faculty in the SST Program

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, Assistant 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."
 

Matt Ventresca, PhD, Postdoc in Sports, Society, and Technology

Matt Ventresca is a postdoctoral fellow working with the Sports, Society & Technology (SST) program. He recently completed his PhD in Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario) specializing in the sociocultural study of sport, health and the body. His research examines the intersections of sport, health and masculinity in the context of media and popular culture. Matt has studied how global charitable events in support of “men’s health” (e.g. Movember) communicate complex and often problematic ideas about manhood, consumer culture and the path to social change. He is currently conducting research that explores the sociocultural implications of sport’s ongoing “concussion crisis," focusing on how scientific knowledge about brain injuries are packaged by the media and used to frame broader conversations sport cultures. He will be teaching SST courses such as "Foundations of Sports Studies," and "Science, Technology, and Sports."


FACULTY TEACHING IN SST

Kirk Bowman, PhD, School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology

Benjy Flowers, Phd, College of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology

Lawrence Keller, PhD, Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology

I teach "Legal Issues in Sports Management" in the Scheller College of Business.  The course is intended for students who might want to pursue a career in sports management, or who have an interest in learning how the law and sports interact.

Mindy Millard-Stafford, School of Applied Physiology, Georgia Institute of Technology

Juan Moreno-Cruz, PhD, School of Economics, Georgia Institute of Technology

Willie Pearson, Jr., PhD, School of History and Sociology, Georgia Institute of Technology


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 CoC for two years in 2011 and 2012.