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Dr. Dain TePoel

Dr. Dain TePoel

139 Akeley Hall, Lock Haven, PA 17745
(570) 484-2559


  • Ph.D., American Studies (Sport Studies), University of Iowa, 2018
  • M.A., Sport Humanities, Ohio State University, 2012
  • B.A., Communication, Luther College, 2005 


Courses Most Commonly Taught

  • Contemporary Issues and Problems in Sport Administration
  • Sport Media Communications Relations
  • Sport Marketing Management

Professional Publications

  • Narcotta-Welp, Eileen an Dain TePoel. "Tuesday's with Susan: Reflections on the Lessons and Legacy of Birrellian Approaches to Sport and Film." Journal of  Sport History (forthcoming).
  • “Meaning by Doing: The Making of Endurance Activism on the 1986 Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament.” Sport History Review (recommended for publication upon revision).

  • Endurance Activism: Transcontinental Walking, the Great Peace March and the Politics of Movement Culture. PhD diss., University of Iowa (2018).

  • Digital Sport History, with Costs: An Ecocentric Critique. Journal of Sport History 44.2 (2017): 350-366.

  • 'We Need to Get the Good Old USA on Board’: The 2009 World Baseball Classic, Corporate Nationalism, and Constructions of ‘American’ Identity.” NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture 24.1/2 (2015-2016): 116-132.

  • Mary Garber’s Coverage of Black Sports in the United States Segregated South, 1944-1964. International Journal of the History of Sport 31.13 (2014): 1598-1616.

  • Pastime or Waste of Time? Narratives in the Media Surrounding the 2006 World Baseball Classic. NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture 22.1 (2013): 52-77.

  • Master Mick and Redneck Roger: Framing Analysis of Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris’ Homerun Chase in 1961. Iowa Journal of Communication 37.2 (2005): 139-154.

Professional Presentations

  • “Walking as a Prayer for the Water: The 2013 Mississippi River Water Walk.” North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Virginia Beach, Virginia, November 2019.

  • “To Move a Movement: Endurance as Prefiguration and Strategy in Long-Distance Walks, 1960-1986.” North American Society for Sport History, Boise, Idaho, May 2019.

  • TePoel, Dain and Lauren E. Brown, The Double Jeopardy of Black Female Athlete Activism: An Analysis of Social Media, North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM), Denver, Colorado, June 2017.
  • March Your Own March: Walking as Movement, Metaphor, and Symbol in the 1986 Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament, North American Society for Sport History (NASSH), Fullerton, California, May 2017.
  • An Eco-critical Approach to Doing Sport History in the Digital Present, Sports, Society, and Technology Program, Georgia Institute of Technology, Doing Sport History in the Digital Present Pre-Conference Colloquium, Atlanta, Georgia, May 2016.
  • Transcontinental Acts of Physical Endurance: Climate Marchers ‘Racing’ for Change, North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS), Santa Fe, New Mexico, November 2015.
  • Do ‘We Have a Good Thing Bowling On’? The National Senior League and Aging under Neoliberal Formations, North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS), Portland, Oregon, November 2014.
  • 'All Schools Should Get Coverage’: Situating Sports Journalist Mary Garber in the Civil Rights                             Historiography, North American Society for Sport History (NASSH), Glenwood Springs, Colorado, June 2014.
  • White Boys Will Be Men: Revitalizing Masculinity and Restoring the Nuclear Family in Hollywood Baseball Films of the Early 1990s, North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS), Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, November 2013. 
  • Masculinity, Intersectionality, and Migrant Subjectivities: Transnational Team Sport Athletes’ Embodiment of Global Sport Practices, Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, International Summer School for Young Researchers, July 2013.       
  • When Words Speak Louder than Actions: Women in Sports Broadcasting, North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS), Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 2011.  

Research and Interests

  • Sociocultural and historical study of sport
  • Sport, physical activity and social movements
  • Critical/cultural approaches to sport, media, and the environment
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