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John Nauright 

Karen Wax Schmitt & Family Endowed Professor

Bachelor's Degree(s): University of South Carolina

Master's Degree: University of South Carolina

PhD: Queen's University in Canada

Phone: 225 578-5831


Office: 1250 Huey P. Long Field House


Dr. Nauright is the Director of the School of Kinesiology and Karen Wax Schmitt and Family Endowed Professor. He has thirty years of experience in academic writing, teaching, and publishing, with a PhD from Queen's University in Canada and BA and MA degrees from the University of South Carolina. Nauright lived and worked in Aotearoa/New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, Scotland, South Africa and the USA. He was born in Louisiana and is a dual US/Australian citizen.

Nauright has extensive expertise in international sport management, having held visiting professorships and honorary positions at several universities in Europe, Africa, and Asia. He has co-authored and edited 26 books, over 130 articles, and book chapters. His mission is to advance the knowledge, practice, and impact of sport as a tool for social change, well-being, and development and as a part of new economic thinking centered on integral ecology. Nauright’s current work focuses on the incredible expansion of interest in women’s elite team sports internationally, among other challenges in the sports world.

Awards & Honors

2024-: Karen Wax Schmitt and Family Endowed Professorship in the College of Human Sciences & Education, Louisiana State University.

2019-: Inaugural Academic Board Member, World Tourism Association for Culture and Heritage.

2018: International Network of Doping Research Fellow awarded based on research contributions to the field.

2015: Best Authored Book Prize, Inaugural World in Union Book Awards presented by the World Rugby Museum for Rugby and the South African Nation.

2015: Best Edited Book Prize, Inaugural World in Union Book Awards presented by the World Rugby Museum for Making Men: Rugby and Masculine Identity.

2015: European Higher Education Sport Tourism Institution of the Year, Inaugural Shannon Group European Sport Tourism Awards.

2013: Burris F. Husman Memorial Scholar, University of Maryland.

2013: Awarded “Best of Reference” Work of 2012 — Library Journal for Sport Around the World: History, Culture and Practice

2010-11: Inaugural Fellow, Mason Horizons Faculty Leadership Program, George Mason University.

2001: Ramsey Memorial Scholar, University of Georgia.

Selected Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

Zipp, S. & Nauright, J. (2024). Global sport in the post-COVID era. Sport in Society 27(2), 185-190. DOI:

Nite, C., Ballouli, K. & Nauright, J. (2024). Illegitimately pursuing legitimacy: critical conversations of sport mega events hosting and bidding. Sport in Society 27(2), 228-241, DOI:

Georgakis, S., Morozov, B. & Nauright, J. (2023). Economic crises and sports Mega-Events. Sport Science and Human Health / Спортивна наука та здоров'я людини. DOI:

Nite. C. & Nauright, J. (2019). Examining institutional work that perpetuates abuse in sport organizations. Sport Management Review. DOI: 10.1016/j.smr.2019.06.002.

Li, H., Nite, C., Weiller-Abels, K. & Nauright, J. (2019). The development of women’s professional ice hockey in China: leveraging international competition to change institutionalized gender norms. Sport in Society. DOI: 10.1080/17430437.2020.1696538

Altukhov, S., Li. H. & Nauright, J. (2019). Sport and doping from WADA’s monopoly to collective agreements and new models of anti-doping. Sport in Society. DOI: 10.1080/17430437.2019.1656381. 

Kim, M., Kim, Y., Park, J. & Nauright, J. (2019). Sport Event Tourists’ (SET’s) Behavior: A case Study of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. International Journal of Sport Marketing and Sponsorship. 21(2), 267-284. DOI: 10.1108/IJSMS-09-2019-0101.

Lawton, B. & Nauright, J. (2019). The globalization of the traditional Okinawan art of Shotokan Karate. Sport in Society. DOI: 10.1080/17430437.2019.1617506.

Altukhov, S. & Nauright, J. (2018). The new Cold War in sport: Implications of the Russian doping allegations for international relations and sport. Sport in Society, 21(8), 1120-1136. DOI: Open access here:

Zipp, S. & Nauright, J. (2018). Levelling the playing field: Human capability approach and lived realities for sport and gender in the West Indies. Journal of Sport for Development, 6(10), 38-50.

Zhang, J., Mastromartino, B., Kim, E., Qian, Y. & Nauright, J. (2018). The sport industry in growing economies: Critical issues and challenges. International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship, 19(2), 110-126.

Giampiccoli, A. & Nauright, J. (2017). Beyond the reach of FIFA: Football and community "development" in rural South Africa, towards a politics of inclusion and sustainability. Soccer in Society. DOI: 10.1080/14660970.2017.1302937.

Pope, S.W. & Nauright, J. (2016). Sporting rivalry and the emergence of consumer culture in the United States and Britain, 1900-1950. Comparative American Studies 14(3-4), 302-319.

Carton, B. & Nauright, J. (2015). “Last Zulu warrior standing”: Cultural legacies of racial stereotyping and embodied enthno-branding in postcolonial South Africa. International Journal of the History of Sport. 32(7), 876-898.

Giampiccoli, A., Lee, S. & Nauright, J. (2015). Destination South Africa: comparing global sports mega events and recurring localized sports events in South Africa for tourism and economic development. Current Issues in Tourism, 16(3), 229-248.

Nauright, J. (2014). 'Sing a powerful song': The Saw Doctors, sports and singing Irish identities. Sport in Society, 17(2), 388-401.

Parrish, C. & Nauright, J. (2013). Futbol Cantitos: Negotiating masculinity in Argentina. Soccer and Society, 14(1), 1-19.

Nauright, J. & Ramfjord, J. (2010). Who owns England’s game? American professional sporting influences and foreign ownership in the Premier League. Soccer and Society, 11(4), 428-441.

Nauright, J. (2007). Rugby et identité nationale en Nouvelle-Zélande. STAPS: Revue internationale des sciences du sport et de l'éducation physiques, 78, 101-114. Copy online at:

Means, J. & Nauright, J. (2007). Going global: The NBA sets its sights on Africa. International Journal of Sport Marketing and Sponsorship, 9(1), 40-50.

Rickman, A. & Nauright, J. (2007). Globalization and the fitness industry: A case study of 24-Hour Fitness and its expansion into Asia, International Journal of Fitness. 3(2), 17-24.

Wheeler, K. & Nauright, J. (2006). A green game?: A global perspective on the environmental impact of golf. Sport in Society, 9(3), 427-443.

Nauright, J. (2004). Global games: culture, political economy, and sport in the globalized world of the twenty-first century. Third World Quarterly, 25(7), 1325-1336.

Nauright, J. & Magdalinski, T. (2003). ‘A hapless attempt at swimming’: media representations of Eric Moussambani. Critical Arts: Journal of South-North Cultural and Media Studies, 17(1/2), 106- 122.

Booth, D. & Nauright, J. (2003). Sport, race and embodiment in South Africa. Contours: A Journal of the African Diaspora, 1(1), 16-36.

Nauright, J. & Phillips, M.G. (1997). Us and them: Australian professional sport and resistance to North American ownership and marketing models. Sport Marketing Quarterly, 6(1), 33-39.


Алтухов, C.B. & Д. Наурайт (S. Altukhov & J. Nauright) (2021). Factors Influencing the Development of Ice Hockey in the Globalized World (published in Russian). Moscow: Unity-Dana.

Nauright, J. and Zipp, S. (eds.) (2020). The Routledge Handbook of Global Sport. ISBN: 9781138887237.

Nauright, J. and Zipp, S. (eds.) (2018). SportsWorld: Global Markets and Global Impact of Sports. London: Routledge. ISBN: 978-1138318441.

Nauright, J. & Amara, M. (eds.) (2018). Sport in the African World. London: Routledge. ISBN: 978- 0815380641. Paperback edition (2020).

Zhang, J.J., Huang, R.H. and Nauright, J. (eds) (2018). Sport Business in Leading Economies. London: Emerald Press. ISBN: 9781787435643.

Nauright, J. & Collins, T. (2017). The Rugby World in the Professional Era. London: Routledge. ISBN: 9781138665446. Paperback edition (2020).

Nauright, J. & Wiggins, D. (eds.) (2016). The Routledge Handbook of Race and Ethnicity in Sport. ISBN: 9781138816954.

Nauright, J. & Wiggins, D. (eds.) (2015). Revolutionaries and Sport: Reclaiming the Role of Sport in Social and Political Activism. London: Routledge. ISBN: 978-1138854932. Awards: Philosophy Football Best Summer Book 2015; Counterfire Best Summer Sports Books 2015.

Nauright, J., Cobley, A. & Wiggins, D. (eds.) (2015). Beyond C.L.R. James: Race and Ethnicity in Sport. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press. ISBN: 978-1557286499.

Parrish, C. & Nauright, J. (2014). Soccer Around the World: A Cultural Guide to the World’s Favorite Game. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO. ISBN: 9781610693028.

Nauright, J. & Parrish, C. (eds.) (2012). Sports Around the World: History, Culture and Practice. 4 vols. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO. ISBN: 9781598843002. Award: “Best of Reference Award” for reference works published in 2012 — Library Journal.

Nauright, J. (2010). Long Run to Freedom: Sport, Cultures and Identities in South Africa. Morgantown: Fitness Information Technology Press. ISBN: 9781935412045.

Pope, S.W. & Nauright, J. (eds.) (2010). The Routledge Companion to Sports History London: Routledge. ISBN: 9780415773393. Paperback edition: January 2013. ISBN: 9780415501941. Award: Routledge Book of the Month: July 2010.

Nauright, J. & Pope, S.W. (eds.) (2009). The New Sport Management Reader. Morgantown: Fitness Information Technology Press. ISBN: 9781935412014.

Nauright, J. & Schimmel, K. (eds.), (2005). The Political Economy of Sport. London: Palgrave Macmillan (International Political Economy Series). ISBN: 0333773861.

Møller, V. & Nauright, J. (eds.), (2003). The Essence of Sport. Odense: University Press of Southern Denmark. ISBN: 8778387647.

Mangan, J. A. & Nauright, J. (eds.), (2000). Sport and Australasian Society: Past and Present. London: Frank Cass. ISBN: 0714650609 (cloth), 0714681121 (pb.).

Chandler, T. & Nauright, J., (eds.), (1999). Making the Rugby World: Race, Gender, Commerce. London: Frank Cass. ISBN: 0714648531 (cloth), 0714644110 (pb.).

Black, D. & Nauright, J. (1998). Rugby and the South African Nation. Manchester: Manchester University Press. ISBN: 0719049318 (cloth), 0719049326 (pb.). Award: Best Authored Book, Inaugural World in Union Book Awards presented by the World Rugby Museum.

Nauright, J. (1997). Sport, Cultures and Identities in South Africa. London: Leicester University Press. ISBN: 0718500490 (cloth); 0718500725 (pb.). Co-published by David Philip, Cape Town and Johannesburg. ISBN: 0864864264. Quoted by South African State President Thabo Mbeki. Speech to Sponsors of Sport Dinner in 1999.

Kirk, D., Nauright, J., Hanrahan, S., Macdonald, D. & Jobling, I. (1996). Socio-Cultural Foundations of Human Movement. Melbourne: Macmillan. ISBN: 0732935504 (cloth); 0732933512 (paper).

Nauright, J. & Chandler, T. (eds.) (1996). Making Men: Rugby and Masculine Identity. London: Frank Cass. ISBN: 0714646377 (cloth); 0714641561 (paper). Widely praised in numerous journals in sports studies, sociology, and history including British Journal of Sociology and English Historical Review. Award: Best Edited Book, Inaugural World in Union Book Awards presented by the World Rugby Museum. Selected for inclusion in the Olympic World Library, International Olympic Committee, Lausanne, Switzerland.