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Kim Schimmel


schimmelKKimberly S. Schimmel, PhD

Professor of the Sociology of Sport
School of Foundations, Leadership & Administration
264G Memorial Gym Annex
Office Phone: 330-672-0232

Associate Editor, Sociology of Sport Journal

Vice President, International Sociology of Sport Association


Research Themes

  • Sport and securitization in the post-9/11 era
  • Sports mega-events and urban development
  • Sport and local/global politics
  • Social justice and the city
  • Political economy of sport

Current Courses

  • SRM 65008 Sociology of Sport
  • SRM/SPAD 5/45024 Sport in Global Perspective
  • SPAD 25000 Sport in Society

Awards and Honors

  • Kent State University Scholar of the Month, May 2014
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, Kent State Alumni Association, 2008
  • Faculty Award for International Education, Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, Kent State University, 2003
  • Muskingum College Athletic Hall of Fame

Invited International Keynote or Plenary Session Presentations

Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2014, October). "Preservation of memory: The Social responsibility of the Olympic Games,"  The Third International Seminar of Olympic Studies, Sao Paulo, Brazil. 

Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2013, October). "Extending the reach of US counter-terrorism policy through sports mega-events," Play the Game: The 8th World Communication Conference on Sport and Society, Aarhus, Denmark.

Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2011, November). "Securing major sports infrastructure and events," Plenary session address at the 3rd International Conference on Sport Versus Crime, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2011, October). "The political economy of place: Sport and urban development" Featured presentation at Think Tank2: Sport Mega-Events Impacts, Leveraging, and Legacies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2011, October). "Global sport events/Local impact: Reconstituting and securing urban space," Plenary session address to delivered to Play The Game: The 7th World Communication Conference on Sport and Society, Cologne, Germany.

Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2011, September).  "Global sport events and place promotion: A political economic perspective," Featured presentation at the International Symposium on the Social Impact of Sport Mega-Events, Center of Advanced Studies, University of Campanis, Campanis, Brazil.

Kimberly S. Schimmel (2010, August).  "Major Sports, Urban Identities, and the Construction of the 'City-as-a-Whole.'"  Keynote address presented at the International Sport Science Congress/Korean Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, ChonCheon, Korea.

Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2009, November). "Sport, cities, and (new?) policy under America's 'first urban President.'" Invited panel presentation on Critical Sport Studies Research in Obama's America, The North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2008, November). "Sport megaevents and Olympic cities." The Olympic Study Center of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and the Brazilian Ministry of Sport's Conference for the Development of Olympic Sport in Brazil, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2008, November). "The sports mega-events circuit: urban entrepreneurialism and the global market." Sociology of sport plenary session, The 2008 Pre-Olympic Scientific Congress: International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport, Guangzhou, China.

Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2007, November). "Sports mega-events and global urban marketing: Selling the city, or selling it out?" Plenary session address, The 5th World Communication Conference on Sport and Society, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2005, November). "Empire building(s): mega-event infrastructure and local communities in the USA." Plenary session address, The 4th World Communication Conference on Sport and Society, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2004, August). "Deep play: Global urban status hierarchies and hosting the Olympics in the new millennium." Plenary session address, The 2004 Pre-Olympic Scientific Congress, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2001, March). "Globalization and Americanization: Past and ongoing debates in the sociology of sport." Keynote Address, General Conference of the Japan Society for the Sociology of Sport, Tsukuba, Japan.

Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2000, July). "Professional sport and urban social issues." Keynote Address, Third International, Interdisciplinary Conference on Sport in the City, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Schimmel, Kimberly S. (1998, July). "Sport matters: Urban regime theory and urban regeneration in the late capitalist era." Keynote Address, Second International, Interdisciplinary Conference on Sport in the City, Sheffield, England.

Schimmel, Kimberly S. (1998, July). "Sport and urban political economy: Toward a broader agenda for examining the sport industry." Lead Paper, Third Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Sciences, Manchester, England.

Schimmel, Kimberly S. (1993, November). "The political economy of stadium development in the United States." Lead Paper, International, Interdisciplinary Conference on the Stadium and the City, Gothenburg, Sweden.

For a more thorough list of presentations and publications, please visit the School of Foundations, Leadership & Administration faculty web site.