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CL Cole is a former Division I athletic coach, and holds two interdisciplinary doctoral degrees. At USC, she specialized in sports management (work/organizations and marketing) and quantitative research, combining sport management, business, education, gender and women's studies, sociology, political science, and law. While at USC, she worked in marketing and promotions for one of the most elite university athletic departments in the United States. As the first female member of a Division I’s men’s water polo coaching staff, she worked with other high-profile national and international sports organizations and some of the most talented athletes in the world. Cole's doctoral degree from the University of Iowa is a self-designed interdisciplinary “sociology of culture” degree, grounded in communications, media studies, gender studies, cultural studies, and visual and interpretive methods. During a year-long sabbatical at the University of California, San Francisco, she supplemented her doctoral education by working in science and technology studies (STS). She brings this training, which crosses the humanities, arts, social sciences, sciences, and athletics, to her work today.

Cole is the co-editor of Women, Sport & Culture (with Susan Birrell) and Sport and Corporate Nationalisms (with Michael Silk and David Andrews). She is the editor of the Journal of Sport & Social Issues and serves on the editorial boards of Cultural Studies Critical Methodologies and the NYU book series Biopolitics: Medicine, Technoscience, & Health in the 21st Century. She is the recipient of one of the University of Illinois’ Critical Research Initiative Awards and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Teaching Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Research Interests

Media, Bodies & Technology
New Media Literacy & Digital Pedagogies
Gender & Culture
Feminist, Critical Race & Sexuality Studies
Interpretive, Visual & Ethnographic Methods


PhD, University of Southern California;  PhD, University of Iowa


Introduction to Gender & Women's Studies
Introduction to Sexuality Studies
Gender & Digital Cultures
Sport Media, Technologies & Culture
Sport, Interactive Media & Information Economies

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Research Output

Feminist alternatives to massive open online courses (MOOCs): The inception of the distributed open collaborative course (DOCC)

Behrmann, E. M., Gajjala, R., Losh, E., Cowan, T. L., Boyer, P., Rault, J., Wexler, L. & Cole, C. L., Jun 12 2015, MOOCs and Open Education Around the World. Taylor and Francis Inc., p. 190-201 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

American memory and Chi Cheng

Cole, C. L., Oct 24 2014, Asian American Athletes in Sport and Society. Taylor and Francis Inc., p. 111-119 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Magic Johnson’s urban renewal: Empowerment zones and the national fantasy of Harlem USA

Giardina, M. D. & Cole, C. L., Jan 1 2013, Race, Identity, and Representation in Education. 2 ed. Taylor and Francis, p. 379-392 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Bounding American empire: Sport, sex, and politics

Cole, C. L., Jan 1 2012, Youth Culture and Sport: Identity, Power, and Politics. Taylor and Francis, p. 55-68 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Race, class, and politics in post-Katrina America

Giardina, M. D. & Cole, C. L., Jan 1 2012, Sport and Neoliberalism: Politics, Consumption, and Culture. Temple University Press, Vol. 9781439905050. p. 57-74 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter