Dr. Joshua Newman

Professor and Associate Chair
Dr. Joshua Newman

Contact Information

Office Location
1020 Tully Gym
(850) 644-6570

Dr. Joshua I. Newman is Director of the Center for Sport, Health, and Equitable Development and Professor of Sport, Media, and Cultural Studies in the Department of Sport Management. He currently serves as Ph.D. Program Coordinator and Associate Chair in the Department of Sport Management. He has published three books and more than 100 articles and chapters on issues related to social inequalities, cultural politics, and political economics and ecologies of sport and physical activity. His most recent edited book (with Holly Thorpe and David Andrews) is Sport, Physical Culture, and the Moving Body: Materialisms, Technologies, Ecologies (Rutgers, 2020). Dr. Newman’s book Sport, Spectacle, and NASCAR Nation (with Michael Giardina, Palgrave, 2011) was named as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title and NASSS’s Outstanding Book of the Year.


Dr. Newman’s work has been published in top international journals within the field—including the Sociology of Sport Journal, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, Journal of Sport Management, Sport Management Review, and Communication & Sportas well as in the fields of qualitative inquiry (e.g. Qualitative Inquiry and International Review for Qualitative Research), sociology (Body & Society), cultural studies (e.g. Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies and The Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies), communication (e.g. Communication, Culture, & Critique and Critical Studies in Media Communication), and behavioral science (e.g. American Behavioral Scientist). Dr. Newman’s work has featured in episodes of The Society Pages, the Somatic Podcast, the Global Sport Institute Podcast, and interviews for The Washington Post, Time magazine, Buzzfeed, and the Associated Press.


He is a Past-President and Research Fellow of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS). He has served as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Dr. Newman currently serves on the editorial boards of Communication & Sport, the International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Sociology of Sport Journal, Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, the Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, and Journal of Global Sport Management.


Prior to coming to Florida State, Dr. Newman was a lecturer of Sport Studies at the University of Otago in New Zealand (c. 2009-2011) and before that was an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for Sport Management at Towson University (c. 2005-2008). Here at FSU and at his previous institutions, Dr. Newman has earned university-wide recognition for excellence in teaching and academic counseling/advising. In 2005, Dr. Newman earned his Ph.D. in Kinesiology with an emphasis on Physical Cultural Studies in the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health.