Sam Clevenger | Towson University


Ph.D., Physical Cultural Studies, University of Maryland, 2018

M.A., History, University of Wyoming, 2012

B.A., History, University of Delaware, 2008

Areas of Expertise

History of Sport and Physical Culture
Gender, Race, and Sport

Samuel M. Clevenger joined the Sport Management faculty in Towson University’s Department
of Kinesiology in 2018.  Prior to arriving at Towson, he previously taught at the
University of Maryland.  His teaching interests include the history and socio-cultural
study of sport, sport and media studies, sport and the environment, and issues of
race, gender, and nationalism within sport.  He supports the study of historical topics
related to sport and the sporting industry, and works to highlight the importance
and practical applicability of historical analysis through his teaching and scholarship. 
Dr. Clevenger has previously conducted research on discourses of militarization and
agricultural labor within the history of physically active university pedagogy, as
well as the role of postcolonial theories within the sport history field.  His current
research focuses on the centrality of sporting and discourses of health in the planning
of early twentieth-century utopian and model communities.

Select Publications

  • Clevenger, S. M. (2019). Transtemporal sport histories; Or, rethinking the ‘invention’ of American
    basketball. Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics.

  • Clevenger, S. M., and D. L. Andrews. (2017). ‘A peaceful path to’ healthy bodies: The biopolitics
    of Ebenezer Howard’s Garden City. Urban Planning, 2(4), 5-9.
  • Clevenger, S. M. (2017). Sport history, modernity and the logic of coloniality: A case for decoloniality.
    Rethinking History, 21(4), 586-605.
  • Clevenger, S. M., and S. Jette (2017). From ‘cultivators of the soil’ to ‘citizen-soldier’: Physically
    active education and the nation at Maryland Agricultural College. Sport, Education
    and Society, 22(8), 958-970.
  • Andrews, D. L., J. J. Bustad, and S. M. Clevenger. (2017). National sporting pastimes, spectacles of sporting otherness, and American
    imaginings, 1880-1920. The International Journal of the History of Sport, 31(1-2),
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  • Sport History
  • Race, Gender, and Sports Media
  • Sport, Health and the Built Environment

Courses Taught 

  • KNES 441 The American Women in Sport 
  • KNES 345 Seminar & Field Experience in Sport Management 
  • KNES 353 Sport & Society 

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