Matt Hodler


Currently, my research focuses on how meanings of race, gender, nationalism, and social class are constructed, produced, and/or remembered through sport. More specifically, I am working on two different papers right now; one is a comparative analysis of media representations of the men’s Dream Team and Michael Phelps at the 2004 Olympics. The other is an analysis of social media memes reacting to Colin Kaepernick’s protests. In the past, I’ve taught courses on sport and society, sport history, and sport media – and I’m excited to teach similar courses at URI.

Additionally, in my spare time, I enjoy listening to podcasts, watching movies, and exercising – and I look forward to finally living near the ocean.


Ph.D., Health and Sport Studies, University of Iowa
M.A., Sociology, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro