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Ronald Mower

Ronald L. Mower

Lecturer, Kinesiology

Dr. Ron Mower is a Lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology, Physical Cultural Studies program. Earning both a B.S. and PhD from the department, his research and teaching are generally focused around critical examinations of social injustice within sport, physical culture and society. An avowed anti-racism educator, Ron seeks to develop students’ capacities for collaborative dialogue and critical self-awareness leading to empathetic action and equitable social change.


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Areas of Interest

Adjuncts and Affiliates

Social Justice and Sport Activism; Racial and Ethnic Studies in Sport and Society; Qualitative Participatory Ethnography; Sport for Development and Peace; Critical Pedagogy

PhD, Kinesiology, 2014

University of Maryland, College Park

MA, Sport Management, 2008

University of Memphis

BA, Kinesiology, 2006

University of Maryland, College Park

KNES225 Hoop Dreams: Black Masculinity & Sport

KNES346 Sport for Development

KNES485 Sport & Globalization

KNES497 Kinesiology Senior Thesis

SUNY Research Development Grant, SUNY Research Foundation, 2016-2017

Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship, UMD Department of Kinesiology, 2013

F. Daniel Wagner Teaching Award, UMD Department of Kinesiology, 2012

Dr. James W. Longest Memorial Award for Social Science Research, University of Maryland, 2012

University of Maryland Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award, 2010

Mower, R., Bustad, J., & Andrews, D. (2018). Confronting America: Black Commercial Aesthetics, Athlete Activism, and the Nation Reconsidered. In P. Dolan & J. Connolly (Eds.), Sport and National Identities: Globalization and Conflict. Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society Series.

Bustad, J., & Mower, R. (2017). Welcome to the factory: College athletes and corporatized recruiting. In R. K. White (Ed.), Sport in the Neoliberal University. Rutgers University Press.

Mower, R. (2016). Sport in the global marketplace. In M. Nagel and R. Southall (Eds.), Introduction to Sport Management: Theory and Practice (2nd ed.). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

Mower, R., Andrews, D. & Rick, O. (2014). Football and ‘ghettocentric’ logics: The NFL’s essentialist mobilization of black bodies. In Z. Furness and T. Oates (Eds.), The NFL: Critical/Cultural Perspectives. Temple University Press.