Dr. Kyle W. Kusz
Office: 25 West Independence Way, Suite P, RM 212
Associate Professor, Cultural Studies of Sport and Physical Culture
Education & Training
B.S. Ithaca College, Sport Studies, Sociology (Minor).
M.S. University of Illinois, Cultural Kinesiology.
Ph.D. University of Illinois, Cultural Kinesiology, Cultural Studies and Interpretive Research.
2007 Distinguished Alumnus Award, Ithaca College (Professional Leadership)
2007 Nominee for Multicultural Center Diversity Award, URI (Faculty Excellence)
1999 Dept of Kinesiology Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching, University of Illinois
1994 Award for Professional Excellence, Ithaca College (Scholarship)
1994 Male Student-Athlete of the Year, Ithaca College (Scholarship)
KIN 278: Physical Activity, Cultural Diversity, and Society (undergraduate)
KIN 475: Gender Issues in Sport and Physical Activity (undergraduate/graduate)
KIN 478: Sport, Cultural Politics, and the Media (undergraduate/graduate)
KIN 578: Cultural Studies of Sport and Physical Activity (graduate)
Informed by British cultural studies ideas and methods, my research focuses on the intersection between sport, media, and contemporary cultural politics. Particularly, I’m interested in the ways in which sporting discourses, sport-related films, sporting celebrities, and sporting cultures operate as political terrains where particular ideas about race, gender, class, and nation are created, disseminated, and popularized as ‘common sense’ by agents of the status quo, and how historically marginalized groups challenge and resist such common sense ideas through their own everyday practices or through the use of various media.
Kusz, K.W. (accepted, Spring 2008). Remasculinizing American white guys in/through new millennium American sport films. Sport in Society, (Special Issue on Sport and Film).
Kusz, K.W. (2007). Revolt of the White Athlete: Race, Media and the Emergence of Extreme Athletes in America. Peter Lang Publishing: New York.
Kusz, K.W. (2007). From NASCAR Nation to Pat Tillman: Notes on sport and the politics of white cultural nationalism in post-9/11 America. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 31(1), 77-88.
Kusz, K.W. (2006). Why be a ‘Jackass’?: Media Images of Young White Men In and Out of Sport in New Millennium America. In S. Spickard Prettyman & B. Lampman’s (Ed.) Changing the Game (pp. 182-196). Scarecrow Press: Lanham, MD.
Kusz, K.W. (2006). Interrogating the politics of white particularity in Dogtown and Z-Boys. In C.R. King & D. Leonard’s (Eds.) Visual Economies of/in Motion: Sport and Film (pp.135-163). Peter Lang Publishing: New York.
Kusz, K.W. (2004). Extreme America: Interrogating the Racial and Gender Politics of the Media Narratives about Extreme sports. In B. Wheaton’s (Ed.) Lifestyle sports: Consumption, Identity, and difference. Routledge: London.
Kusz, K.W. (2002). Fight Club and the art (or politics) of white male victimization and reflexive sadomasochism. International Review of Sport Sociology, 37 (3-4), 531-536
Kusz, K.W. (2001). Jerry Maguire: Reading the politics of white male redemption. International Review of Sport Sociology, 36(1), 83-88.
Kusz, K.W. (2001). ‘I want to be the minority’: The politics of youthful white masculinities in sport and popular culture in 1990s America. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 25(4), 390-416.
Born and raised in Greece, New York, I attended Ithaca College to play soccer and without a real clue about the sort of career I would pursue after college. As a sports-crazed kid I just thought that I’d love to work in a field somehow connected with sports. But after being inspired in a sport sociology class taught by Dr. Stephen Mosher, I changed the course of my life to ‘study sport seriously’ as he used to say. Upon graduation, I moved to the Midwest and at the University of Illinois learned that sport is much more than a diversion or cathartic release from our everyday lives. Rather, sport regularly reveals the best and worst of humanity and is inextricably connected with history, politics, society, and culture. After three enjoyable years teaching at Northern Illinois University, I moved back East to become an Assistant Professor at the University of Rhode Island in the Department of Kinesiology. Twice a week you can still find me trying my best to make magic with a soccer ball.
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Internship in Australia Information Session
Date: Tuesday, October 15; Session 1: 1:00-1:45; Session 2: 2:00-2:45; Where: Independence Square 203
Kinesiology Walking Program
The Kinesiology Department is seeking students to serve as walking coaches for the new “Rhode To Health” program on Wednesdays from 12-1. Highly interested students can also serve on the planning committee. The program will begin Wednesday, October 2 with a big kick-off ceremony up on campus. This is a great way for students to gain experience working in a “real world” setting.
Scholarships For Study Abroad
The URI Office of International Education will be offering information sessions for those interested in applying for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: Thursday, September 19th 7PM-8PM Memorial Union, Room 318, Tuesday, September 24th 1 PM-2PM. For more information on the Gilman Scholarship(DEADLINE 10/1/2013), CLICK HERE
For additional information on education abroad scholarship opportunities CLICK HERE
The Study Abroad Fair
It will be held Wednesday, September 18th from 11:00 to 12:00 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Information on study abroad and the Kinesiology Australia Internship Program will be available.
URI Physical Therapy Open House
The annual URI PT open house will be held on September 26, 2013 from 4:30 to 6:00 in Independence Square.
Kinesiology in the News
Kinesiology is a broad field encompassing all facets of human movement. CLICK HERE to learn more
HSS Living and Learning Community
HSS Living and Learning Community
in Butterfield Hall is a great opportunity for Kinesiology students to network with each other during their first year on campus.