Dr. Pearson’s research areas have focused on the Socio-cultural and Historical Aspects of Sport. Most recently he has conducted research and written about African American involvement in various sport forms, including North American Rodeo, as well as their depiction in contemporary sport films. He currently maintains a repository listing of American sport films from 1930 to 2013.
Recent Publications and Research Activity
Fried, G. B., & Pearson, D. W. (1995). A primer on facility financing and defining some key terms. Sports Facility Law Reporter (Vol. 2, No. 1 & 2).
Haney, C. A., & Pearson, D. W. (1999). Rodeo injuries: An examination of risk factors. Journal of Sport Behavior, 22, 443-466.
Wall, K. A., Zhang, J. J., Pearson, D. W., Martin, J. W., & Meyers, M. C. (1999). Youth preference of city park and recreation physical activities. International Sports Journal, 3(1), 123-133.
Pearson, D. W., & Haney, C. A. (1999). The rodeo cowboy: Cultural icon, athlete or entrepreneur? Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 23, 308-327.
Pearson, D. W., & Haney, C. A. (1999). The rodeo cowboy as an American icon: The perceived social and cultural significance. Journal of American Culture, 22(4), 17-21. *Published Spring 2001.
Pearson, D. W. (2001). The depiction and characterization of women in sport films. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, 10(1), 103-124.
Pearson, D. W., Haney, C. A., Curtis, R. L., & Zhang, J. J. (2001). Social change and sport films: Shifts in content across cultural eras 1930-1998. International Sports Journal, 5(2), 136-152.
Pearson, D. W., Curtis, R. L., Haney, C. A., & Zhang J. J. (2003). Sport films: Social dimensions over time 1930-1995. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 27(2), 145-161.
Pearson, D. W. (2004). Shadow riders of the subterranean circuit: A descriptive account of Black rodeo in the Texas Gulf Coast region. The Journal of American Culture, 27(2), 190-198.
Pearson, D. W. (2007, March). A legacy denied: Shadow riders of the American West. Minority Executive Report, 2 (3), 2.
Pearson, D. W. (2008). Sport in contemporary society. In K. C. Longest (Ed.), Teaching the sociology of sport: ASA resource materials for teaching (5th ed., pp. 79-81). Washington, DC: American Sociological Association.
Pearson, D. W. (2009). Black in the saddle: The best bull rider you never saw. In J. L. Conyers Jr. (Series Ed.), Africana studies: Vol. 3. Racial structure & radical politics in the African diaspora (pp. 183-196). New Brunswick: Transaction.
Pearson, D. W. (2010). Absence of power: Sheroes in sport films post-Title IX. In L. K. Fuller (Ed.), Sports, rhetoric, and gender: Global and universal contexts (pp. 233-247). New York: Peter Lang.
Pearson, D. W. (2011, Summer). Arena legacy: The heritage of American rodeo [Invited review of the book Arena legacy: The heritage of American rodeo, by R. C. Rattenbury]. Western American Literature, 46(2), 207-208.
Pearson, D. W. (in press). Cowboys of color: The perceived social and cultural significance of U2 Rodeo. In J. L. Conyers Jr. (Series Ed.), Africana studies: A Review of Social Science Research, Vol. 4.
B.A. in Physical Education at Lincoln University, 1975
M.A. in Education (College Student Development) at Case Western Reserve University, 1976
Ed.D. in Physical Education at University of Houston, 1990