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George Mason University
Science and Technology Campus
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10900 University Blvd
Manassas, VA 20110
Professor John Nauright, PhD is the Founding Co-Director of The Center for Research on Sport and Leisure in Society and Founding Director of the Academy of International Sport. He is also Provost's Fellow for International Programs at George Mason University and Professor in the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism and Professor of History in the Department of History and Art History. In 2011-12 he was a Mason Horizons Fellow, a leadership development program for Mason faculty, shadowing Provost Peter Stearns. He is also Visiting Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill in Barbados. He was formerly Visiting Professor of History and American Studies At the University of Lincoln in England and Visiting Professor of Sports Studies at Aarhus University in Denmark, and has held academic appointments in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Scotland, and the USA. His PhD is in African history and Political Economy, with an additional minor field of study in Comparative Rural History, from Queen's University in Canada. His BA and MA degrees are from the University of South Carolina and he also studied for a year at the University of Warwick in England. He has led academic units, chaired university research and sports committees, served on institutional review boards, and graduate studies strategic planning committees. He is a former Director of the Dundee Ice Arena in Scotland.
Professor Nauright has spent much of his adult life living internationally having lived in Aotearoa/New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, Germany, Scotland, South Africa, and the USA. He has visited 60 countries, has established international educational and sport development partnerships in many countries, and consulted on projects in Australia, Barbados, St. Lucia, Scotland, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and the USA. He has been a program consultant with BBC Wales and has been interviewed and cited widely in the media including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Smithsonian Magazine (On-Line), Public Radio International, The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Australia), Radio National (Australia), CTV Television (Barbados), The Globe and Mail (Canada), Semana (Colombia), BBC Radio (England), La Vie (France), and CCFM Radio (South Africa).
He is the author or editor of 14 books and author of 50 refereed journal articles in the fields of sociology of sports; sports history; sport and development; African studies; globalization studies; sport management and marketing; tourism management; cultural studies; gender studies; and physical education. He has supervised PhD students in Australia, Barbados, The Netherlands, Scotland, and the USA. He leads research on international sport management at Mason with a particular focus on sport and international development issues. Professor Nauright has been invited to speak at numerous conferences and universities internationally including Oxford University, the University of London, the University of Copenhagen. Georg-August University in Goettingen, Germany, the Military Academy of South Africa, Aletheia University in Taiwan, the European Association for Sport Management, Sports Mega Events and Their Legacies International Conference, and the Peace and Sport International Forum. He is a former Ramsey Scholar at the University of Georgia.
Professor Nauright serves on numerous editorial boards internationally. He is a member of the Sport, Race, and Ethnicity Research Network, the Soccer Scholars Forum, the International Platform for Sport and Development; and is a Life Member of the Australian Society for Sports History. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi.
Political Economy of Sports. Alternative Models of Social and Economic Development. Sports and International Development. The Relationship between Sports Fandom, Social Identities and Marketing. Globalization. International Geographic and Cultural Literacy, Society and Leisure. Histories of Sport, Leisure and Tourism.