Professor & Associate Chair
1012 Tully Gym
Dr. Michael Giardina’s research is focused on three interrelated lines of inquiry: physical culture and bio-politics (e.g., the celebrity body, the mediated body, the body of the researcher, etc.); global sporting cultures (e.g., issues related to hybridity, flexible citizenship, and transnational identity); and sport in post-9/11 America (e.g., the intersection of neoliberalism and neoconservatism, the politics of whiteness, ‘NASCAR Nation’, etc.). Each of these three lines of inquiry are further explored through the use of qualitative and interpretive research methods (e.g., critical ethnography, cultural studies, etc.).
Theoretically, his research is grounded in an eclectic mix of intellectual thought ranging from that of American philosophers Lauren Berlant, Wendy Brown, Judith Butler, and Karen Barad to that of critical theorists Norman Denzin, Guy Debord, Michel Foucault, Paulo Freire, and C. Wright Mills. The sum total of his inquiry aims to produce the type of translational knowledge through which cultural understandings of and political interventions into the broader social world are made possible (whether for academics, industry professionals, or public policy makers, especially in the fields of sport management, media/communication, public health, and political science).
Dr. Giardina is the author or editor of more than 20 books. He is the Editor of the Sociology of Sport Journal, co-editor of three book series for Routledge, and Founding Associate Director of the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry.
Dr. Giardina teaches the graduate course in Sport Media, and the doctoral seminar in Qualitative Research Methods. Prior to joining FSU, Dr. Giardina was a Professor of Advertising & Cultural Studies at the University of Illinois. He is currently accepting doctoral student inquiries from students interested in working on/in the above theoretical, methodological, and topical areas, broadly conceived.