College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University

Dr. Brenda P. Wiggins
PhD, University of Oregon
Associate Professor
Academic Program Co-Coordinator, Recreation Management
Academic Program Coordinator, Recreation Management: Parks and Outdoor Recreation
Professor-in-Charge, Recreation Management: Therapeutic Recreation
Sport and Recreation Studies

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Phone: (703) 993-2068
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George Mason University
Science and Technology Campus
Katherine G. Johnson Hall 228C
10890 George Mason Circle
MS 4E5
Manassas, VA 20110


Dr. Wiggins is the Academic Program Coordinator, Internship Coordinator and Advisor for Recreation Management.  She also co-coordinates the M.S. in Sport and Recreation Studies. With all three degrees in Recreation, Wiggins obtained her A.B. at San Diego State University in Recreation Administration with a minor in English; M.A. from The University of Maryland in Therapeutic Recreation with an emphasis in Gerontology; and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in Leisure Studies with an emphasis in Tourism. Prior to her teaching and administrative roles at George Mason University, she taught recreation and physical education courses at Kansas State University as well as the University of Oregon.

Her writing and presentations have included application of the International Classification of Functioning (ICF) for Disability and Health; interpretative analysis of constraints and negotiations among people with disabilities; and staff retention in a summer camp for children and teens with disabilities. Dr. Wiggins has served for over a decade on the Therapeutic Recreation Advisory Board of Fairfax County and she is an avid Patriot Baseball fan.

Research Interests
  • Inclusive recreation programming across the lifespan
  • Leisure interests among people with developmental and physical disabilities
  • Social psychology of leisure
Recent Publications
  • Wiggins, B.P. and Daniels, M. J. Hegemony and identify:  The Routledge History of American Sport Hegemony and Identity: The Evolution of American Women’s Participation in Sport Tourism. In Borish, L.J., Wiggins, D.K. & Gems, G. R. The Routledge History of American Sport, Routledge, London, UK, 2016.
  • Wiggins, D. K. & Wiggins, B.P., (under contract). Inclusion and racism in sport. In Baker, R. E. and Esherick, C. (eds.), The Art and Science of Coaching, Jones and Bartlett, Burlington, MA.
  • Porter, H., Wiggins, B.P., & Haynes, N. Parkinson's disease.  In H. Porter (ed.), The Recreational Therapy Handbook of Practice: Concepts and Techniques-ICF Based, Idyl Arbor Inc., Enumclaw, WA, 2013.
  • Wiggins, B.P. Emma's gown. In Daniels, M. and Loveless, C. Wedding Planning and Management: Consultancy for Diverse Clients-Second edition, Routledge, London, UK, 2013.
  • Wiggins, B.P. Recreational parks, golf, and ski venues. In White, K.K. (ed.). America Goes Green: An Encyclopedia of Eco-Friendly Culture in the United States, ABC-CLIO, Inc., Santa Barbara, CA., November, 2012.
  • Wiggins, D.K. & Wiggins, B.P. Striving to be in the profession and of It: The African American experience in physical education and kinesiology, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 82 (2) June, 2011, 320-333.
  • Daniels, M. J., Rodgers, E. B. D., & Wiggins, B. P. (2005). “Travel Tales:” An interpretive analysis of constraints and negotiations to pleasure travel for persons with physical disabilities.  Tourism Management, 26(6), 919-930.
  • Wiggins, B.P. (2004). Four biographical essays in Wiggins, D.K. (ed.) African Americans in Sports, Armonk, N.Y.: M .E. Sharpe.