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Professor of Sport Management, University of Connecticut

Laura J. Burton is a professor of sport management in the Department of Educational Leadership within the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. Her research interests include understanding leadership in organizations (particularly sport organizations) and exploring development, access and success in leadership. In her work, Laura focuses on issues of gender in leadership contexts and specifically how stereotypes and discrimination impact women in sport leadership and educational leadership. She has served as the editor of the Journal of Intercollegiate Sport and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Sport Management and Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal. She has published in the Journal of Sport Management, Sport Management Review, and Harvard Education Review. She is co-editor of Women in Sport Leadership: Research and Practice for Change (2017), co-editor of the 2nd edition of Sport Leadership in the 21st Century (2019) and co-wrote the textbook Organizational Behavior in Sport Management (2018).


  • –present
    Professor, Sport Management, University of Connecticut


  • 2002 
    University of Connecticut, PhD Social Science of Sport, Sport Management