The focus of my research is to understand the cultural meanings associated with sport for African-American communities and to redefine those meanings to create sport programs that can be leveraged to redress health, social, and economic disparities. In particular, I aim to identify the psychosocial effects of sport participation on the long-term personal growth and development of adolescents in these communities. I also aim to determine the key practical implications for creating sustainable sport for development programs within marginalized communities that redress the various disparities facing African-American communities. In this way, I seek to assist in redefining sport, and consequently, its utility in our society.
Recent Publications and Research Activity
Francique, A. and Olushola, J. (2016). Women of Color Coaches. Women in Sport Coaching. New York: Routledge.
Olushola, J. (2015). Review of Foundations of Exercise Psychology. Sport Management Education Journal.
Olushola, J. (2015). Review of Sport, Racism, and Social Media. International Journal of Sport Communications.
Wang, C., Li, L., Olushola, J., Chung, K., Ogura, T, and Heere, B.(2013). Fostering Social Capital Through Sport Participation: A Multi-National Inquiry. International Journal for Sport Management and Marketing.
Olushola, J., Jones, D. F., Dixon, M.A., and Green, B.C. (2012). More than Basketball: Determining the long term benefits of sport participation for African-American girls. Sport Management Review.
Olushola, J. (2011). Hope 4 Girls Africa: A future through sport and classroom. Sport and Strategie, 5.
B.S. in Sport Management at University of Florida, 2006
M.Ed. in Sport and Recreation Administration at Temple University, 2008
Ph.D. in Kinesiology - Sport Management at University of Texas at Austin, 2013