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 2017. Dr. Pearson recently contributed to the book "Black Cowboys in the American West: On the Range, on the Stage, behind the Badge" which won the Ray and Pat Browne Award for Best Edited Collection in Popular Culture and American Culture. He wrote Chapter 6 of the book titled, "Shadow Riders of the Subterranean Circuit: A Descriptive Account of Black Rodeo in the Texas Gulf Coast Region."
Recent Publications and Research Activity
Daniels, E., Cottingham, M., Walsh, D., & Pearson, D. (2017). An evaluation of university recreation center outdoor programs for people with disabilities: Perspectives from professionals. Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership 9(1), 84-99.
Lee, D., Giannoulakis, C., Pearson, D., Breslin, W., & Kim, S. (2017). Perceived authenticity of sport teams: An exploratory analysis. International Journal of Sport Management 18, 292-312.
Lee, D. H, Cottingham, M, Pearson, D., Kim, S. H., & Park, J. (2016). Collaborative strategy in sports industry: Team co-branding. The Service Industries Journal 36(11-12), 595-613.
Pearson, D. W. (2016). Shadow riders of the subterranean circuit: A descriptive account of Black rodeo in the Texas Gulf Coast region. In B. Glasrud & M. N. Searles (Eds.). Black cowboys in the American West: On the range, on the stage, behind the badge (pp. 101-113). Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press.
Pearson, D. W., & Lam, E. T. C. (2015). Sport theme feature film analysis: A complimentary instructional technique within sport management. Journal of Physical Education and Sports Management 2(2), 26-40.
Pearson, D. W., & Lam, E. T. C. (2015). Faith-based physical activity and sport program initiatives: An exploratory pilot study. Journal of Physical Education and Sports
Management 2(1), 91-107.
Pearson, D. W. (2014). Right place, right time: The galvanization of Brooklyn during the Robinson years. In J. L. Conyers Jr. (Series Ed.), Essays on race and sports (pp. 59-70). Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co.
Pearson, D. W. (2013). Basketball and ethnic diversity. In C. E. Cortes (Ed.), Multicultural America: A multimedia encyclopedia: (Vol. 1, pp. 321-325). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Pearson, D. W. (2013). Brooklyn Dodgers. In C. E. Cortes (Ed.), Multicultural America: A multimedia encyclopedia: (Vol.1, pp. 394-395). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Pearson, D. W. (2012). Cowboys of color: The perceived social and cultural significance of U2 Rodeo. In J. L. Conyers Jr. (Series Ed.), Africana studies: Vol. 4. African American consciousness: Past and present (pp. 63-76). New Brunswick, NJ: 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. (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, NJ: Transaction.
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. (2007, March). A legacy denied: Shadow riders of the American West. Minority Executive Report, 2(3), 2.
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., 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., 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. (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. (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., & Haney, C. A. (1999). The rodeo cowboy: Cultural icon, athlete or entrepreneur? Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 23, 308-327.
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.
Haney, C. A., & Pearson, D. W. (1999). Rodeo injuries: An examination of risk factors. Journal of Sport Behavior, 22, 443-466.
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).
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