Professor and Chair, Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation, University of North Texas

Professor John Nauright, PhD (Queen's University, Canada), BA, MA (University of South Carolina, USA) is Chair and Professor of the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation at the University of North Texas, USA. Through June 2016 he was Professor of Sport and Leisure Management at the University of Brighton, UK. He is Honorary Professor of Lomonosov Moscow State University in Russia. He is also Visiting Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill. He also has been Visiting Professor in Sport, Bodies and Health at Aarhus University in Denmark (2009-15) and was Visiting Professor of History and American Studies at Lincoln University in England (2006-09).

He is the author or editor of 19 books and author of 60 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. His four volume work (edited with Charles Parrish) Sports Around the World: History, Culture, and Practice (ABC-CLIO, 2012) was named by Library Journal as a Best of Reference Work for 2012. He books Making Men: Rugby and Masculine Identity and Rugby and the South African Nation were awarded best edited and authored works respectively by the World Rugby Museum at the inaugural World in Union Rugby World Cup conference in 2015.

Experience

  • 2009–present
    Visiting Professor of Cultural Studies, The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill
  • 2014–present
    Visiting Professor of Sport Management, University of Ghana
  • 2013–present
    Professor of Sport and Leisure Management, University of Brighton
  • 2009–2013
    Visiting Professor of Sport, Bodies and Health, Aarhus University
  • 2007–2013
    Professor of Sport Management, George Mason University
  • 2006–2009
    Visiting Professor of American Studies and History, University of Lincoln
  • 2003–2007
    Professor of Sport and Recreation Management, Georgia Southern University
  • 2001–2003
    Professor of Sport and Leisure Studies, University of Abertay Dundee
  • 2000–2001
    Danish Sports Council Visiting Professor, University of Copenhagen and University of Southern Denmark
  • 1999–2000
    Professor of Sports Studies, Charles Sturt University
  • 1993–1999
    Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Sport and Leisure Studies, The University of Queensland
  • 1992–1993
    Lecturer in Sport and Leisure Studies, University of Otago
  • 1990–1991
    Instructor, Department of History, Queen's University, Canada

Education

  • 1992 
    Queen's University, Canada, PhD
  • 1988 
    University of South Carolina, MA
  • 1985 
    University of South Carolina, BA

Publications

  • 2015
    Sport and Revolutionaries, Routledge
  • 2015
    Beyond The Sport-Media-Tourism Complex: An Agenda for Transforming Sport., International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education Bulletin
  • 2015
    Beyond CLR James: Race and Ethnicity in Sport, University of Arkansas Press
  • 2015
    Last Zulu Warrior Standing: Race and Ethnobranding in the New South Africa, International Journal of the History of Sport
  • 2015
    On Neoliberal global sport and African bodies, Critical African Studies
  • 2014
    Soccer Around the World, ABC-CLIO Press
  • 2014
    Making soccer ‘Major League’ in the USA and beyond: Major League Soccer’s first decade., Sport History Review
  • 2014
    Sport and the neoliberal world order, Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies
  • 2013
    Worlds apart?: The 1995 Rugby World Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Reflections on the 2010 World Cup (pp. 189-199). Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press
  • 2013
    Singing a Powerful Song: The Saw Doctors, sports and singing Irish identities., Sport in Society
  • 2013
    Selling Nations to the World Through Sports: Mega-Events and Nation Branding as Global Diplomacy, Public Diplomacy
  • 2013
    Destination South Africa: comparing global sports mega events and recurring localized sports events in South Africa for tourism and economic development, Current Issues in Tourism
  • 2013
    Futbol Cantitos: Negotiating masculinity in Argentina, Soccer and Society
  • 2013
    Making soccer ‘Major League’ in the USA and beyond: Major League Soccer’s first decade, Sport History Review
  • 2012
    The Modern Olympics and the Triumph of Capitalist Sport, History Workshop Online
  • 2012
    Sports Around the World: History, Culture and Practice. 4 vols., ABC-CLIO Press
  • 2011
    New Directions in South African sports history, International Journal of the History of Sport
  • 2010
    “It’s Much More Important than Money”: The Ryder Cup, Rivals: Legendary Matchups That Made Sports History (pp. 305-326) Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press
  • 2010
    The Routledge Companion to Sports History, Routledge Press
  • 2010
    Problems and prospects for community-based tourism in the New South Africa: The 2010 FIFA World Cup and beyond, African Historical Review
  • 2010
    Long Run to Freedom: Sport, Cultures and Identities in South Africa, Fitness Information Technology Press
  • 2010
    Who owns England’s game? American professional sporting influences and foreign ownership in the Premier League, Soccer and Society
  • 2009
    The New Sport Management Reader, Fitness Information Technology Press
  • 2009
    Sport, development and globalization: Perspectives from south-east Asia, Developing Asia (pp. 195-214) Boca Raton: Brown Walker Press.
  • 2007
    Going global: The NBA sets its sights on Africa, International Journal of Sport Marketing and Sponsorship
  • 2007
    Rugby et identité nationale en Nouvelle-Zélande, STAPS: Revue internationale des sciences du sport et de l'éducation physiques
  • 2007
    Globalization and the fitness industry: A case study of 24 Hour Fitness and its expansion into Asia, International Journal of Fitness
  • 2006
    A green game?: A global perspective on the environmental impact of golf, Sport in Society
  • 2006
    From ‘Native Village’ to ‘Dark City’: population growth, class, politics and local administration in Alexandra Township, South Africa 1933-1943, Historia
  • 2005
    White man’s burden revisited: race, sport and reporting the Hansie Cronje cricket crisis in South Africa and beyond, Sport History Review
  • 2005
    Team Yao: Yao Ming, the NBA and selling sport to China, American Journal of Chinese Studies
  • 2005
    Cornish miners and the Witwatersrand gold mines in South Africa 1886-1904, Cornish History
  • 2005
    Ethics, economics and tourism: Myanmar as a case study, Tourism Recreation Research
  • 2005
    The Political Economy of Sport, Palgrave Macmillan (Political Economy Series)
  • 2004
    The commercialization of the Olympics, The Commercialization of Sport (pp. 185-204) London: Frank Cass (now Routledge).
  • 2004
    Sport, community, class and religion: Rugby league and cultural identity in the Lockyer Valley, Queensland, Sporting Traditions
  • 2004
    Global games: culture, political economy, and sport in the globalized world of the twenty-first century, Third World Quarterly
  • 2003
    The Essence of Sport, University of Southern Denmark Press
  • 2003
    Sport, race and embodiment in South Africa, Contours: A Journal of the African Diaspora
  • 2003
    ‘A hapless attempt at swimming’: media representations of Eric Moussambani, Critical Arts: Journal of South-North Cultural and Media Studies
  • 2002
    Mediated nostalgia, community and nation: A case study of print media representations of the Canadian Football League in crisis and the demise of the Ottawa Rough Riders 1986-1996, Sport History Review
  • 2001
    Obliterating history for leisured consumption: The new South Africa in the global sports and tourism order, Journal of Sport and Tourism
  • 2000
    Selling the ‘spirit of the Dream’: Olympologies and the corporate invasion of the classroom, Old Borders, New Borders, No Borders: Sport and Physical Education in a Period of Change (pp. 431-440). Aachen: Meyer & Meyer.
  • 2000
    ‘An experiment in native self-government’: The Alexandra Health Committee, the state and local politics, 1916-1933, South African Historical Journal
  • 2000
    Women, sport and embodiment in Australia and New Zealand, International Journal of the History of Sport
  • 2000
    Sport and Australasian Society: Past and Present , Frank Cass (now Routledge)
  • 1999
    ‘Bhola Lethu’: football and urban popular culture in South Africa, Football in the Making: Developments in the World Game (pp. 189-200). London: Macmillan
  • 1999
    Making the Rugby World: Race, Gender, Commerce, Frank Cass (now Routledge)
  • 1999
    The end of sports history?: From sports history to sports studies, Sporting Traditions
  • 1999
    Making an international legend: The media, Pat O’Dea and Midwestern American Football in the 1890s and 1930s, Football Studies
  • 1999
    Sports fan movements to save suburban-based teams threatened with amalgamation in different football codes in Australia, International Sports Studies
  • 1998
    Rugby and the South African Nation, Manchester University Press
  • 1998
    The mecca of native scum’ and ‘A running sore of evil’: White Johannesburg and the Alexandra Township removal debate, 1935-45, African Historical Review
  • 1998
    Playing fields to battlefields: The development of Australian sporting manhood in its imperial context, Journal of Australian Studies
  • 1998
    Sport, politics and power: rugby, the Broederbond and the National Party during apartheid in South Africa, Sport History Review
  • 1998
    South Africa, The Imperial Game: Cricket and Cultural Power (pp. 55-78). Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • 1997
    Sport, Cultures and Identities in South Africa, Leicester University Press
  • 1997
    Citizens, cities and sports teams, Policy Options
  • 1997
    Sporting manhood in Australia: Test cricket, rugby football, and the imperial connection, 1878-1918, Sport History Review
  • 1997
    Trying to reach home: baseball, nostalgia and masculine identity in contemporary American culture, Sporting Traditions
  • 1997
    Muscular Islam and ‘Coloured’ rugby in Cape Town, South Africa, International Journal of the History of Sport
  • 1997
    Us and them: Australian professional sport and resistance to North American ownership and marketing models, Sport Marketing Quarterly
  • 1996
    A ‘fair go’ for the fans?: super leagues, sports ownership and fans in Australia, Social Alternatives
  • 1996
    Socio-Cultural Foundations of Human Movement, Macmillan
  • 1996
    Making Men: Rugby and Masculine Identity, Frank Cass (now Routledge)
  • 1996
    Professional sport, nostalgia, community and nation in Canada, AVANTE
  • 1996
    A history of netball: Creating a female sporting culture 1902-1990s, Journal of Physical Education New Zealand
  • 1996
    ‘A besieged tribe’: Nostalgia, white cultural identity and the role of rugby in a changing South Africa, International Review for the Sociology of Sport
  • 1996
    Writing and reading American football: Culture, identity and sports studies, Sporting Traditions
  • 1995
    Sport, Power and Society in New Zealand, Australian Society for Sports History
  • 1995
    From private to public: Historical and social factors in the development of women’s sport in Australia and New Zealand, European Physical Education Review
  • 1994
    ‘A woman’s game’: The development of netball and a female sporting culture in New Zealand 1906-70, International Journal of the History of Sport
  • 1993
    ‘Like fleas on a dog’: New Zealand and emerging protest against South African sport, 1965-74, Sporting Traditions
  • 1992
    Sport and the image of colonial manhood in the British mind: British physical deterioration debates and colonial sporting tours, 1878-1906, Canadian Journal of the History of Sport
  • 1991
    Sport, manhood and empire: British responses to the New Zealand rugby tour of 1905, International Journal of the History of Sport
  • 1990
    Myth and reality: Reflections on rugby and New Zealand, Sporting Traditions

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    Hastings Castle Heritage and Tourism Project
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Hastings Borough Council
  • 2015
    Assessing the Value of Premier League Connections for 3G Pitch Facilities
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Football Foundation
  • 2015
    Lifestyle Sports Networking Grant
    Role:
    Co-Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Economic and Social Research Council
  • 2003
    Amateurism in Sport
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Carnegie Foundation
  • 1997
    Arenas of Memory: Fans, Identity, Professional Sports and Global Capital in Australia, Canada, the USA and England (3 year grant)
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council
  • 1996
    Sport, Culture and Nostalgia in the Shaping and Re-shaping of White Minority Identities in southern Africa
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council