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PhD, University of Maryland
Professor Emeritus of Sport Studies
Co-Director (CEHD), The Center for the Study of Sport and Leisure in Society

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Phone: (571) 572-5886
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George Mason University
Science and Technology Campus
Bull Run Hall 201
10890 George Mason Circle
MS 4E5
Manassas, VA 20110


Dr. Wiggins is Professor Emeritus of Sport Studies. He has held numerous positions in professional organizations, including serving as Editor of the Journal of Sport History, History and Philosophy Section Editor of the Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, and Editor of Quest. He has been involved in a number of consultantships and media initiatives; given many invited lectureships; and made numerous scholarly presentations at state, regional, and national conferences. Dr. Wiggins has published scholarly articles, book chapters, and several books on the history of sport, particularly as it relates to the involvement of African American participation in sport and physical activity. Among his publications are: Glory Bound: Black Athletes in a White America (1997); Sport and the Color Line: Black Athletes and Race Relations in Twentieth-Century America (2004, with Patrick B. Miller); The Unlevel Playing Field: A Documentary History of the African American Experience in Sport (2003, with Patrick B. Miller); Out of the Shadows: A Biographical History of African American Athletes (2006);  Rivals: Legendary Matchups that Made Sport History (2010, with R. Pierre Rodgers); DC Sports: The Nation's Capital at Play (2015, with Chris Elzey); Separate Games: African American Sport Behind the Walls of Segregation (2016, with Ryan A. Swanson); LA Sports: Play, Games, and Community in the City of Angels (2018, with Wayne Wilson); and More than a Game: A History of the African American Experience in Sport (2018). Dr. Wiggins is also a three-time recipient of the Research Writing Award for outstanding scholarship from Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, a Fellow of the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Active Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology, Editor of the Sport, Culture, and Society Series of The University of Arkansas Press, and currently President-Elect of the North American Society for Sport History.

Research Interests

  • History of African American participation in sport
  • Sport biography
  • Race and ethnic issues in contemporary sport

Recent Publications

African Americans in SportsEthnicity and Sport in North American History and CultureGlory BoundOut of the ShadowsRivalsSport and the Color LineSport in AmericaSport in America Vol. IIThe Unlevel Playing FieldBeyond C. L. R. James: Shifting Boundaries of Race and Ethnicity in SportsDC SportsSport and RevolutionariesPhilly SportsSeparate GamesRoutledge Handbook of Sport, Race, and EthnicityThe Routledge History of American SportLA Sports: Play, Games, and Community in the City of AngelsMore than a Game, A History of the African American Experience in Sport