Adam Beissel

Adam BeisselAssistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

219E Laws Hall

Ph.D., University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
M.B.A., University of Baltimore/Towson University
B.S., Towson University

Curriculum Vitae

Biography and Related Experience

Dr. Adam S. Beissel is an Assistant Professor of Sport Leadership and Management (SLAM) at Miami University (OH). Prior to joining Miami in 2017, Adam previously held a position on the faculty of the Physical Cultural Studies program at the University of Maryland – College Park. He earned a BS in Sport Management from Towson University, an MBA from University of Baltimore/Towson University, and a PhD in Sport Studies from the University of Otago (New Zealand).

Scholarly Focus

Adam’s scholarship and teaching interrogates the geopolitical economy of global sport. His primary research interests include: the political economy of Sport Mega-Events; Global Politics of International Sport; Sport Stadiums and Urban Development; Social and Economic (in)justice in College Sport; Sports Labor Markets and Global Athletic Migration. In addition to publishing several book chapters on issues pertaining to the cultural politics of sport, Adam has been published in numerous academic journals, including Sociology of Sport Journal, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, Sport and Society, Sport Management Review, International Journal of Sport Marketing and Sponsorship.

Adam is currently working on a research project critically examining the political economy of the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup joint hosted by the United States, Mexico, and Canada. He is currently working on several journal article manuscripts with research collaborators that he hopes to develop into a book released in the build-up to the world’s most prestigious and widely viewed soccer tournament.

Courses Taught

  • SLM 414/513: Sport Economics (3 credits)
  • SLM 448/548: Global Perspectives in Sport (3 credits)
  • SLM 446 & 448: Sport, Management, & Culture in the Global Marketplace (6 credits – New Zealand)
  • SLM 414 OR 448: The Management and Culture of English Soccer (3 credits – London)

Recent Publications

  • Beissel, A.S., & Ternes, N. (In Review, 2021). Too big to fail?: FIFA 2.0, global peacemaking, and the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup United Bid. Journal of Global Sport Management: Special Issue on Management of International Relations – Sport Diplomacy and Global Politics.

  • King-White, R., & Beissel, A.S., Clevenger, S. (In Review-Resubmission, 2021). Trust me, don’t trust me: Administrative governance and the shift to big-time athletics at Towson University. Journal of Intercollegiate Athletics.

  • Beissel, A.S., Grainger, A.G., & Morris, S.P. (In Press, 2021). Going Global: Developing, designing, and delivering a high-impact short-term, faculty-led study abroad for sport management students. In Rayner, M. & T. Webb (Eds.). Global Perspectives on Sport Management Education: Implications for Practice. (pp. TBD). Routledge.

  • Ruihley, B. & Beissel, A.S. (In Press, 2021). EconFantasy simulation and practice: Implications of research-led teaching. In Rayner, M. & T. Webb (Eds.). Global Perspectives on Sport Management Education: Implications for Practice. (pp. TBD). Routledge.

  • Beissel, A.S., Postlethwaite, V., & Grainger, A. (In Press, 2021). “Winning the Women’s World Cup”: Gender, branding, and the Australia-New Zealand AS ONE 2023 social media strategy for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Sport In Society: Special Issue on Sport Mega-Events of the 2020s – Governance, Impacts, and Controversies.

  • Beissel, A.S., & Andrews, D.L. (2021). Sport, globalization, and glocalization. In Wenner, L. (Ed.), the Oxford Handbook of Sport & Society. (pp. XXX-XXX). Oxford University Press.

  • Beissel, A.S., & Andrews, D.L. (2021). Art of the deal: Donald Trump, soft power, and winning the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup bid. In Clift, B. & Tomlinson, A. (Eds.), Populism and the Sport and Leisure Spectacle. (Chapter 15). Routledge. ISBN:  9780367356385.

  • Beissel, A.S., & Kohe, G. (2020). United as one: the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup hosting vision and the symbolic politics of legacy. Managing Sport Leisure. Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. DOI: 10.1080/23750472.2020.1846138.

  • Friedman, M.F. & Beissel, A.S. (2020). Beyond “who pays?”: Stadium development and urban governance. International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship: Special Issue on Sport and Urban Governance. Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. DOI: 10.1108/IJSMS-04-2020-0053.

  • Beissel, A.S. (2019). Transnational corporations of football kin: Migration, labor flows, and the American Samoa MIRAB economy. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 44(1), 47-69. DOI: 10.1177/0193723519867684.

  • King-White, R.W. & Beissel, A.S. (2018). Sport in the Aspirational Corporate University: A Geneology of Athletic Programming Development at Towson university. Sociology of Sport Journal. 35(4), 334-346.

  • Beissel, A.S. (2018). Confessions of a human trafficker: Inside the global recruitment system(s) and network(s) of international student-athletes in NCAA football. In King-White, R.W. (Ed.). Sport in the Neoliberal University: Profit, Politics, and Pedagogy. Rutgers University Press.

Professional Society Memberships

  • International Society for the Sociology of Sport (ISSA)
  • North American Society of Sport Management (NASSM)
  • North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS)
  • North American Association of Sport Economics (NAASE)
  • The Football Collective (U.K.)