Lecturer, Kinesiology
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health | Room: 2361
Phone: (301) 405-8265 |
Biography

Adam is a member of the PCS Research Group in the Department of Kinesiology. His research agenda advances the critical and theoretical study of sport and physical culture, with particular regard to the complex relationship between sport and the various facets (social, cultural, political, economic, and technological) of early twenty-first century life. Adam’s areas of focus include: development economics of sport; sport for social development and peace; international development of sport; sport governance and public policy; sport sociology; physical cultural studies; the cultural and political economies of sport and the active body; sport, health, and equitable development; & qualitative research methods for sport and physical culture.

Through his scholarship, Adam advances a dialectic understanding of the relationship between sport and society, resting unequivocally on the notion of popular sporting phenomena (events, institutions, bodies, identities, and experiences) as both constituted and constituting elements of the broader social formation in which they are located. Utilizing a variety of qualitative research methods (i.e. textual and discourse analysis, media analysis, ethnographic fieldwork, and semi-structured interviewing), the broad aim of his research is to illuminate precisely how, why, and to what effect, sporting bodies become organized, regulated, represented, and experienced in the service of contemporaneous power formations and relations (oftentimes prefigured on particular ability, social class, ethnic, gender, generational, national, racial, and/or sexual hierarchies and inequities). The broad aim of his work is to illuminate precisely how, why, and to what effect, sport becomes managed and organized in the service of wider social, economic, and international development goals, and to promote equitable development and social change. 

Adam recently completed his Doctorate of Philosophy in Sport and Leisure Studies from the University of Otago in New Zealand wherein he critically interrogates the contemporary sporting phenomenon of expert Samoan football players, and their overrepresentation in the National Football League (NFL). Based on nearly a year of ethnographic fieldwork, semi-structured interviews, and textual/discourse analysis from the distant shores American Samoa, he develops a theory of the corporeal economy of American Samoan football in which the active Samoan footballing body is triangulated at the broad intersection of the dialectic interplay(s) between biopolitical, geopolitical, and cultural political structures, discourses, and formations of power that influence upon on how the body is:

1) produced on the field through regimes of discipline and technologies of power (the kinesthetic body)
2) becomes economically and socially mobile through exchanges in global athletic labor markets (the laboring body)
3) is understood in the making of the self and a expressions of identity, citizenship, and cultural belonging (the mediated body)

In the process, Adam provides a more complicated, nuanced, and interdisciplinary rejoinder to the question of the phenomenon of American Samoan gridiron football, and in a broader sense, a more complex, critical, and experiential study of the of the interactions and interrelationship between the biological, the cultural, and the economic in the development of athletic talent expertise.

Even more recently, Adam's teaching and scholarship is interested in sport for equitable development, with three primary stands of ongoing research and scholarship focusing on: (1) sport for social development and peace; (2) development economics of sport and (3) sport for international development. These ongoing research projects investigate the social, economic, and political machinations of cutting sports programming at intercollegiate athletic institutions; explore the economic impact of mixed-use development logics guiding baseball stadium construction; examine the technologies of power and disciplinarity in the realm of sports coaching; and most recently, have focused on developing a typology of praxis for sport for development and peace programs. 

Education and Training

2009-2015, Doctor of Philosophy, Sport and Leisure Studies, School of Physical Education, Sport, and Exercise Science, University of Otago

      Dissertation Title: Sons of Samoa: The Corporeal Economy of American Samoa Gridiron Football
      Program/Dissertation Supervisor(s): Dr. Steven J. Jackson & Dr. Joshua I. Newman (Florida State
      University)

2007-2009, Master of Business Administration (Sport Management Specialization), University of Baltimore/Towson University

2003-2007, Bachelor of Science (with honors), Sport Management, Department of Kinesiology, Towson University

Courses

            Undergraduate:

            KNES 287: Sport in American Society (3 credits)

            KNES 342: Sport, Commerce, and Culture in the Global Marketplace – New Zealand Study Abroad Program
          
(3 credits - winter)

           KNES 342: Sport, Commerce, and Culture in the Global Marketplace – London, Berlin, & Barcelona Study 
           
Abroad Program (3 credits - summer)

            KNES 389i: Sport Economics (3 credits)

            KNES 389d: Sport for Development (3 credits)

            KNES 485: Sport Globalization (3 credits)

           KNES 497: Senior Seminar – Qualitative Research for Sport and Physical Culture (3 credits)

           KNES 497: Senior Seminar – Critical Analysis of the Sport Industry (3 credits)

          Graduate: 

           KNES 689k - Qualiative Research Methods for Sport and Physical Culture (3 credits)

Honors and Awards

2015-2016 Doris W. Sands Award for Teaching Excellence; awarded annually to one member of the School of Public Health for consistent excellence and effectiveness in teaching.

Publications: 

Book Manuscripts

Andrews, D.L. & Beissel, A.S. (In Process, 2017). Sport and Physical Culture in American Society. Book proposal prepared for Oxford University Press: London.

 

Book Chapters:

Beissel, A.S. (In Press, 2015). Confessions of a human trafficker: Inside the global recruitment system(s) and network(s) of international student-athletes in NCAA football. In King-White, R.W. (Ed.). Sport in the Neoliberal University: Profit, Politics, and Pedagogy. Rutgers University Press.

Friedman, M.F. & Beissel, A.S. (In review, 2016). Supercharging the Mallpark: The Battery, Atlanta, and the Future of Baseball Stadium Development. In Friedman, M.F. The Mallpark: Consuming cathedrals of Consumption: TBD.

Beissel, A.S., Giardina, M., & Newman, J.I (2015) Men of Steel: Social class, masculinity, and cultural citizenship in post-industrial Pittsburgh. In Guschwan, M. (Ed.). Sport and Citizenship. New York: Routledge.

Jackson, S.J., Sam, M., Gee, S., Scherer, J. & Beissel, A.S. (2012). Sport Mega-Events Between the Global & the Local: Lessons from the 2011 Rugby World Cup. In Ramon Llopis-Goig (Ed.) Sport mega-events: Scientific perspectives and case studies. Barcelona: Editorial UOC.

Beissel, A.S., Newman, J.I., & Giardina, M.D. (2011). NASCAR Nation as/in Petrol Empire. In Newman, J.I. & Giardina, M.D. (2011). Sport, Spectacle, and NASCAR Nation: Consumption and the Cultural Politics of Neoliberalism. New York: PalgraveMacMillan.

Newman, J.I., Giardina, M.D. & Beissel, A.S. (2011). ‘Selling Out’ NASCAR Nation. In Newman, J.I., & Giardina, M.D. (2011). Sport, Spectacle, and NASCAR Nation: Consumption and the Cultural Politics of Neoliberalism. New York: PalgraveMacMillan.

 

Refereed Publications

Beissel, A.S. (In Process, 2016). Gridiron Football in American Samoa: Migration, Labor Flows, and the American Samoan MIRAB Economy. International Review for the Society of Sport.

Beissel, A.S. (In Process, 2016). The Bio-politics of Sport Coaching: Disciplinary Technologies, Corrective Training, and the Production of Docile Bodies. International Sport Coaching Journal (USA).

Beissel, A.S., King-White, R.W., & Newman, J.I. (In Process, 2016). Follow the Money: Accrual accounting, the cutting of college sports programs, and the fuzzy math of NCAA Athletic departments. Journal of Sport and Social Issues.

Friedman, M.F. & Beissel, A.S. (Forthcoming, 2016). Supercharging the Mallpark: The Battery, Atlanta, and the Future of Baseball Stadium Development. Urban Studies.

King-White, R.W., Newman, J.I. & Beissel, A.S. (In Review, 2015). Stakeholder Becomings: An Interdisciplinary, Multi-Method Study of Organizational Politics and (De)Democratic Decision-Making in Intercollegiate Stadium Financing. Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics.

Beissel, A.S. (2013). Book Review. Sport Management – Principles and Applications 3rd Ed. Hoye, R., Smith, A.C.T., Nicholson, M., Stewart, B., & Westerbeek, H. Routledge, UK. For Sport Management Review. 16(4): 533-534.

Beissel, A.S., Giardina, M., & Newman, J.I (2013) Men of Steel: Social class, masculinity, and cultural citizenship in post-industrial Pittsburgh. Sport in Society. July. Routledge, p. 1-24.

Beissel, A.S (2011). Book Review. Introduction to Sport Management: Theory and Practice. By Nagel, M. & Southall, R. (Eds.). (2010). Iowa: Kendall Hunt Publishing. For Sport Management Review, 14: 465-466.

Newman, J.I., & Beissel, A.S. (2009). The limits to ‘NASCAR Nation’: Sport and the ‘recovery movement’ in disjunctural times. Sociology of Sport Journal, 26(4), 517-539.

Braunstein, J.R., Newman, J.I., & Beissel, A.S. (2008). Inside BAM Racing: Rethinking the sponsorship match-up process in ‘America’s fastest-growing sport’. International Journal of Sports Marketing & Sponsorship, 9(3), 219-233.

 

Refereed Presentations

Friedman, M.F. & Beissel, A.S. (2016). Supercharging the Mallpark: The Battery, Atlanta, and the Future of Baseball Stadium Development. Paper presented at the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) 2016 Conference, Orlando, Florida, United States, June.

Friedman, M.F. & Beissel, A.S. (2016). Supercharging the Mallpark: The Battery, Atlanta, and the Future of Baseball Stadium Development. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of Association of American Geographers, San Francisco, California, United States, March.

King-White, R., & Beissel, A.S. (2015). Show me the Money: Student Fees and the Myth of Athletics as a Drain on the University. Paper presented at the Annual Conference for the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States, November.

Friedman, M.F., & Beissel, A.S. (2014). A Real Estate Deal Masquerading as a Stadium Agreement: The Atlanta Braves Move to Cobb County and the Future of Stadium Development. Paper presented at the Annual Conference for the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Portland, Oregon, United States, October.

King-White, R., Newman, J.I., Beissel, A.S., Deluca, J.R., & Friedman, M.F. (2014). Stakeholder Becomings: An Interdisciplinary, Multi-Method Study of Organizational Politics and (De-)Democratic Decision-Making in Intercollegiate Stadium Financing. 60-minute Symposium Roundtable Discussion at North American Society for Sport Management Annual Conference (NAASM), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, May.

Beissel, A.S. (2012). Men of Steel. Social Class, Masculinity, and Cultural Citizenship in Post-Industrial Pittsburgh. Paper presented at the Annual Conference for the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, November.

Beissel, A.S. (2011). Reducing the Samoan Body: Articulating Scientific Racism and Neoliberal Sport. Paper presented at the International Sociology of Sport World Congress 2011, Havana, Cuba, July.

Beissel, A.S. (2009). Brought to you by Waitangi TV: The cultural politics of the Rugby World Cup Broadcast Rights. Paper presented at the First Annual Postgraduate Student Symposium, School of Physical Education, University of Otago, New Zealand, November.

Beissel, A.S., & Newman, J.I. (2008). Manufacturing America: Post-Industrialism and the Militarized Stock Car Spectacle. Paper presented at the Annual Conference for the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Denver, Colorado, United States, November.

Beissel, A.S. (2008). NASCAR of Tomorrow: NASCAR, Milton Friedman, and the Politics of Falling Empire.  Paper presented at the 1st Annual University of Maryland Physical Cultural Studies Student Conference, College Park, Maryland, United States, April.

Braunstein, J., Newman, J. I., & Beissel, A.S. (2007). NASCAR: A Preliminary Exploration of the Sponsorship Match-up Process. Paper presented at the Annual Conference for the North American Society for Sport Management, Miami, Florida, United States, May.

 

Invited Presentations

Beissel, A.S. (2015). Global Trojan Horses and Sporting White Elephants. Paper presented at Neumann College Sport, Sales, and Sponsorship Research Seminar, Neumann College, Aston, Pennsylvania, October.

Beissel, A.S. (2015). Sons of Samoa: The Corporeal Economy of American Samoa Gridiron Football. Paper presented at the Department of Kinesiology Faculty Research and Teaching Seminar, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, United States, May.

Beissel, A.S. (2015). Invited speaker at 60-minute Roundtable Discussion on Careers in the Sport Industry at 2nd Annual Towson Sport Management Symposium, Towson, Maryland, United States, April.

Beissel, A.S. (2012). Portraits from Tutuilla: Practice and Parallax in Physical Cultural Studies. Paper Presented at a public Symposium: Sport and National Identity in a Global World, Georgetown University, Washington D.C., United States, November 30.

Beissel, A.S. (2011). Postcards from Tutuila: Reflections of the Ethnographic Self. Paper presented at the Third Annual Postgraduate Student Research Symposium, School of Physical Education, University of Otago, New Zealand, November.

Beissel, A.S. (2009). Ethnographic Tales from ‘NASCAR Nation’. Presentation given for Research Design and Analysis Course, School of Physical Education, University of Otago, New Zealand, October.