Kimberly Schimmel, Ph.D

Kimberly Schimmel, Ph.D

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Kim is a Professor of the Sociology of Sport and an Affiliate to the Women's Studies Program. She earned her bachelors degree at Muskingum College, masters degree at Miami University (Ohio), and PhD at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She joined the Kent State faculty in 1995 and developed the undergraduate courses Sport and Society and Sport in Global Perspective, which focus on domestic diversity issues and global geopolitical issues respectively. Kim's scholarship is framed by political economic theory and addresses problems associated with urban (re)development and large scale sporting events in local-global context.  Her recent research focuses on security and anti-terrorism strategies at sport events. Kim's work has been translated into five languages and she has given invited or refereed presentations in 17 countries. She has served two terms (2008-2015) as the Vice President of the International Sociology of Sport Association and one (2012-2015) as the Associate Editor of the Sociology of Sport Journal. Kim is a recipient of KSU's Distinguished Teaching Award (2008) and has also been honored as the University Scholar of the Month (May 2014).


B.S., Health and Physical Education, Muskingum College, , M.A., Sport Studies, Miami University, and , Ph.D., Sociocultural Sport Studies, University of North Carolina- Greensboro


Sports Administration, Problems associated with urban (re)development and large scale sporting events in local-global context, Sport mobile capital and urban space| Sport and securitization in the post-9/11 era, USA team sport franchises and urban conditions, Urban governing regimes, Social justice and the city, Political economy of sport


  • Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2017). Not an “extraordinary event”: NFL games and militarized civic ritual. Sociology of Sport Journal, 34, 79-89.
  • Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2017). Call of duty: Sport and the urban citizen soldier. In Michael Butterworth (Ed.), Sport and Militarism (pp. 17-30). London: Routledge.
  • Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2015). Assessing the sociology of sport: On sport and the city, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 50 (4-5), 591-595.
  • Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2015). Sport and the urban. In Richard Giulianotti (Ed.), Handbook of the Sociology of Sport (pp. 345-354). London: Routedge.
  • Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2013). Sport Mega-Events: Challenges and Perspectives. [Os Grandes Eventos Sportivos: Desafios E Perspectivas.] Campinas, Brazil: University of Campinas Press. Invited; Published in Portuguese and English, 275 pages.
  • Harrington, C. Lee & Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2013). Andre Agassi and the tides of tennis celebrity: Image, reconstruction, and confession. In Lawrence Wenner (Ed.), Fallen Sports Heroes, Media, & Celebrity Culture (pp. 64-76). New York: Peter Lang.
  • Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2012). Protecting the NFL/militarizing the homeland: Citizen soldiers and urban resilience in post-9/11 America. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 47(3): 338-357.
  • Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2012). Major sport events and global threats/responses. Criminal Justice Matters, 88(1): 20-21.
  • Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2012). Von einer Freizeitbeschaftigung zum Profitunternehem: Professioneller Mannschaftssport in den USA. In Annette R. Hofmann (Hrsg.), Sport in den USA (pp. 165-183). Munster, Germany: Waxman Verlag. [From pastime to profit: Profe
  • Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2012). Neo-liberal redevelopment, sport infrastructure and the militarization of US urban terrain. In David Andrews and Michael Silk (Eds.), Sport and Neo-Liberalism: Politics, Consumption, and Culture (pp. 160-175). Philadelphia: T


  • Vice President of the International Sociology of Sport Association (2008-2015)
  • Associate Editor, Sociology of Sport Journal; 2012-2014
  • Kent State University Scholar of the Month, May 2014
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, Kent State Alumni Association, 2008
  • Faculty Award for International Education, Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, Kent State University, 2003
  • Muskingum College Athletic Hall of Fame