Joseph Cooper

Joseph Cooper
University of Massachusetts Boston | UMB · Department of Leadership in Education

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
My research focuses on the intersection of sport, race, gender, education, and culture. I utilize a combination of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods. I also use interdisciplinary theoretical frameworks. I am finishing up my forthcoming book titled, "A Legacy of African American Resistance and Activism Through Sport" (Peter Lang).

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As the world is racing to find a cure to save lives and economies amidst a global pandemic, COVID-19 has inadvertently caused a shift of focus towards the inequities and injustices plaguing society economically, politically, and socially. In response, athletes, coaches, managers, and other change agents with institutional power in sport organisatio...
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The purpose of this study was to explore the academic, athletic, and social experiences of White college athletes at a Division I historically Black college/university (HBCU). Previous research has documented how White college athletes experience positive educational and developmental outcomes at historically White institutions (HWIs). However, the...
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A longstanding fact in college sports in the United States (U.S.) is the reality that inequities, inequalities, and discrimination have been major issues preventing institutions from fostering harmonious diversity and inclusion. Several reasons for these persistent outcomes include the prevalence of implicit bias, homologous reproduction, hegemonic...
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The purpose of this study was to examine the elite youth and high school baseball socialization process as a whole and the role of professionalization and corporatization in this process. The unique nature of baseball’s development model in the United States (U.S.), through a dual-track feeder system (college or minor leagues) allows for a wide-ran...
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The structure of big-time intercollegiate athletics has evolved significantly since its inception in the late 19th century. Changes have included the establishment of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), competition rules, academic eligibility standards, amateurism bylaws, and exorbitant revenues and salaries for athletic department...
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Girls and Women shines a light on the current landscape for girls and women in sport reflected in the latest data from nearly 500 research reports and results from a new national survey of more than 2,300 women working in women's sport. Taking stock of where we are in achieving gender equity in sport requires study, transparency and candor. This gr...
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The purpose of this study was to examine the perceptions and experiences of Black women college athletes at a Division I historically White institution (HWI) to understand their role negotiation processes. There is a need to explore the experiences of Black women college athletes in Olympic sports along with their same race peers in high-profile sp...
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There are two cultural narratives often purported within the American sports cultures of basketball and football. First, those participating within these sports are African American athletes from poor communities lacking educational and economic opportunities. Second, the meritocratic myth perpetuating American society feeds the notion no matter wh...

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The goal of the project is to expand our collective understanding of the diverse ways in which social change is enacted through resistance by African American sportspersons intergenerationally. Using interdisciplinary frameworks including the African American Sport Activism Typology (AASAT) and African American Resistance Typology (AART) among other related theories, this text presents a nuanced analysis of how sport has been leveraged as tool for disrupting social injustice and hegemonic norms.