College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University
Graduate School of Education - George Mason University

Our Graduate School of Education is the alma mater for one third of teachers and administrators in Northern Virginia’s world-class school systems. Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students enroll in our innovative academic programs, which include advanced study for teachers and school leaders, instructional design and technology, and a renowned PhD in Education program that is among the largest in the country.


School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

PhD, Texas A&M University
Associate Professor
Center for Sport Management
Sport and Recreation Studies
Sport Management

Contact Information

Send email to Dr. McDowell

Phone: (703) 993-7088
Fax: (703) 993-2025
Email: jmcdowe7 (

George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Thompson Hall 1602
4400 University Dr.
MS 4D2
Fairfax, VA 22030

Office Hours

Mondays 11:00 am - 12:00 pm and Wednesdays 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Dr. McDowell’s research focuses on issues of diversity and inclusion in sport and recreation organizations, with a particular emphasis on investigating and developing strategies and programs that can be implemented to remove barriers to participation. Her emerging research stream investigates the utility of lifetime sports and sport programs in reducing health risks. 

Research Interests

  • Diversity and Inclusion Issues in Sport Organizations
  • Title IX and Gender Equality in Sport
  • Sport for Health

Recent Publications

McDowell, J. Huang, Y. K., & Caza, A. (2018). Does identity matter? An investigation of the effects of authentic leadership on athletes’ psychological capital and engagement. Journal of Sport Management, 32 (3) 227-242.

McDowell, J., Kim, A., & Brison, N. (2018). Professional sport. In P. Pederson & L. Thibault (Eds.), Contemporary sport management (6th ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

McDowell, J., & Hoffman, J. L. (2017). Women’s and gender issues in intercollegiate athletics. In G. Sailes (Ed.), Sports in higher education: Issues & controversies (2nd ed., pp. 139-170). San Diego, CA: University Readers/Cognella.

Hoffman, J. L., McDowell, J.,  & Rafael, V. (2017). Gender discrimination and retaliation under Title IX at Fresno State. In S. Harper & J. Donnor (Eds.), Scandals in college sports: Legal, ethical & policy case studies (pp. 216-224). New York, NY: Routledge. 

Anaza, E., & McDowell, J. (2017). Think sport think man? An exploration of what causes and emboldens sexism within Nigerian sport programs. International Journal of Sport Management, 18, 372-400.
McDowell, J., & Carter-Francique, A. (2017). An intersectional analysis of the workplace experiences of African American female athletic directors. Sex Roles, 77(5), 393-408.

McDowell, J., & Carter-Francique, A. (2016). Experiences of female athletes of color. In E. Staurowsky (Ed.), Women and sport: Continuing a journey of liberation to celebration (pp. 95-115). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

McDowell, J., Deterding, R., Elmore, T., Morford, E., & Morris, E. (2016). Title IX and campus recreation: Guidelines to increase gender equity in club and intramural sport programs. Recreational Sport Journal, 40(2), 133-151.

Morris, E., Arthur-Banning, S., & McDowell, J. (2016). Constraints to millennial generation female assistant coaches pursuing head coaching careers. International Journal of Sport Management, 17(3), 336-356.

McDowell, J., & Anaza, E. (2016). An exploration of students’ conceptualization of affirmative action in sport management careers. International Journal of Sport Management, 17(1), 102-128.