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Perspectives on the History of Higher Education

Athletics and Sports in American Colleges and Universities

Perspectives on the History of Higher Education, Vol. 34 (2020) Christian K. Anderson & Amber Fallucca, Univ. of South Carolina, Editors

Call for Papers: Volume 34 –  Athletics and Sports in American Colleges and Universities

Perspectives on the History of Higher Education is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for Volume 34 to be published in 2020 on “Athletics and Sports in American Colleges and Universities.” Intercollegiate athletics have helped shaped American higher education since the late 19th century and has a tremendous impact on the modern college and university.

For consideration, papers must address historical questions related to college athletics (though discussing connections to and implications for modern higher education is welcome). Submissions will be evaluated on the quality of the writing and argument and the originality of the contribution. Final submissions are due by September 15, 2019.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to): gender dynamics (development of women’s athletics, Title IX), race (the role of athletics in desegregation, discrimination, impact of racially diverse athletes on predominantly white campuses), the development and realignment of athletic conferences, the impact of athletics on university governance, the emergence of socially conscious issues and convergence with studentathlete roles, the interaction of college athletics and the media, the effects of scandals on institutions and on intercollegiate athletics generally, the development of intercollegiate competition outside the purview of the NCAA (the NAIA and club sports), the development of particular sports, reform efforts, support from alumni and communities (economic impact), mascots, the evolution of intuitional controls over athletics (student, faculty, administrative), biographies of key figures, the idea of amateurism, fan culture and rivalries, and the history of bad calls by referees and umpires that ruined athletic careers and spoiled alumni weekends.

Authors are encouraged to send abstracts of potential papers by May 15, 2019 to the editors: Christian K. Anderson ( and Amber Fallucca ( Inquiries about possible topics are welcome.


Manuscripts should be double-spaced and follow The Chicago Manual of Style with the author’s name, affiliation, and contact information on the cover page. Papers are due by September 15, 2019 and will be peer-reviewed.

Perspectives is under the auspices of the Land-Grant Center at West Virginia University and Routledge; Nathan M. Sorber, West Virginia University, Series Editor. More Perspectives information

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