Matthew R. Hodler


Since coming to Kingston in 2019, I’ve enjoyed working with colleagues and students to build our Sports Media and Communication program. I advise several students and teach courses in sport media and society, sport history, and sport film. One of my favorite parts of my job is helping students learn about the many ways sport, identities, and culture intersect, interact, and interrelate so they will be able to tell interesting and important stories in their own sport media creations and productions. 

My research focuses on how meanings of race, gender, nationalism, and social class are constructed, produced, and/or remembered through sport and sport media. My academic work has been published in the Journal of Sport and Social Issues, Sociology of Sport Journal, Sport History Review, Communication and Sport, as well as The Conversation, Tropics of Meta, SwimSwam, and the Sport in American History blog. I’ve been a guest on a number of podcasts, including The End of Sport, Crossing the Lane Lines, and Playing with Research and Physical Education, and I’m currently the editor for the Film, Media, and Museums Reviews section of the Journal of Sport History.

When not working, I listen to comedy and history podcasts, read mysteries (Irish and Scottish ones mostly), spend time with family & friends – and try to take advantage of finally living near the ocean.


Ph.D., Health and Sport Studies, University of Iowa
M.A., Sociology, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
B.A., Sociology, Miami University