Kimberly S. Shimmel, Ph.D.Kimberly S. Schimmel, PhD

Director and Professor 
School of Foundations, Leadership & Administration
Kent State University
300 White Hall, Kent, OH 44242

Associate Editor, Sociology of Sport Journal; 2012-2014

Vice President, International Sociology of Sport Journal
International Sociology of Sport Association; 2008-2015


Research Themes

  • Sport and securitization in the post-9/11 era
  • Sports mega-events and urban development
  • Sport and local/global politics
  • Social justice and the city
  • Political economy of sport

Current Courses

  • SRM 65008 Sociology of Sport
  • SRM/SPAD 5/45024 Sport in Global Perspective
  • SPAD 25000 Sport in Society

Awards and Honors

  • 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

Invited International Keynote or Plenary Session Presentations

Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2016, November). "Not an 'extraordinary event': NFL games and militarized civic ritual." The Alan G. Ingham Memorial Keynote Lecture at the 37th Annual Conference of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Tampa, Florida.

Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2016, August). "Toward a thanatology of Olympic Stadiums." Plenary session address at the Post-Olympic Scientific Congress: International Convention on Science, Education, and Medicine in Sport, Santos, Brazil.

Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2015, March). "It's not just on Sundays: Super Bowl, anti-terrorism technology, and transformed city life." Plenary session address at the Sustainable Cities & Just Sport Conference, Georgia Technological Institute, Atlanta, Georgia.

Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2014, October). "Preservation of memory: The Social responsibility of the Olympic Games,"  The Third International Seminar of Olympic Studies, Sao Paulo, Brazil. 

Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2013, October). "Extending the reach of US counter-terrorism policy through sports mega-events," Play the Game: The 8th World Communication Conference on Sport and Society, Aarhus, Denmark.

Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2011, November). "Securing major sports infrastructure and events," Plenary session address at the 3rdInternational Conference on Sport Versus Crime, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2011, October). "The political economy of place: Sport and urban development" Featured presentation at Think Tank2: Sport Mega-Events Impacts, Leveraging, and Legacies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2011, October). "Global sport events/Local impact: Reconstituting and securing urban space," Plenary session address to delivered to Play The Game: The 7th World Communication Conference on Sport and Society, Cologne, Germany.

Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2011, September).  "Global sport events and place promotion: A political economic perspective," Featured presentation at the International Symposium on the Social Impact of Sport Mega-Events, Center of Advanced Studies, University of Campanis, Campanis, Brazil.

Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2010, August).  "Major Sports, Urban Identities, and the Construction of the 'City-as-a-Whole.'"  Keynote address presented at the International Sport Science Congress/Korean Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, ChunCheon, Korea.

Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2009, November). "Sport, cities, and (new?) policy under America's 'first urban President.'" Invited panel presentation on Critical Sport Studies Research in Obama's America, The North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2008, November). "Sport megaevents and Olympic cities." The Olympic Study Center of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and the Brazilian Ministry of Sport's Conference for the Development of Olympic Sport in Brazil, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2008, November). "The sports mega-events circuit: urban entrepreneurialism and the global market." Sociology of sport plenary session, The 2008 Pre-Olympic Scientific Congress: International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport, Guangzhou, China.

Schimmel, Kimberly S. (2007, November). "Sports mega-events and global urban marketing: Selling the city, or selling it out?"Plenary session address, The 5th World Communication Conference on Sport and Society, Reykjavik, Iceland.

For a more thorough list of presentations and publications, please visit the School of Foundations, Leadership & Administration faculty web site.