Jacob Bustad, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Jacob Bustad, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Burdick Hall 120 F
Tue & Thur 1:00-3:00pm
& by appointment


Ph.D., Kinesiology, University of Maryland, 2014

M.A., American Studies, University of Kansas, 2009

B.A., Mass Communication; English, Buena Vista University, 2006

Areas of Expertise

Physical Cultural Studies
Urban sociology and Urban Studies
Embodiment and the Active Body
Recreation, Sport and Physical Activity Policy and Governance

Professor Jacob Bustad joins Towson University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology in the College of Health Professions. Prior to coming to Towson, he completed his PhD in Kinesiology at the University of Maryland (College Park). He received his B.A. in Mass Communications and English from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, and his M.A. in American Studies from the University of Kansas.

Jake’s teaching interests include physical activity and sport cultures, sport history, the cultural economy of sport, and sport and globalization. He has helped to develop updated versions of several courses and has been involved in the development of study abroad and service learning opportunities and curriculum within the Sport Management program.

His primary research interests are in the fields of sport management, physical cultural studies, the sociology of sport and urban studies. Specifically, he is interested in disparities in physical activity opportunity within urban environments, in regards to the provision and distribution of different policies, programs and resources for recreation, leisure and sport.

Select Publications

  • Bustad, J.J., & Clift, B.C. (2017) "Community Physical Cultures". In Routledge Handbook of Physical Cultural Studies, M. Silk, D. Andrews & H. Thorpe, Eds., Routeledge.
  • Bustad, J.J. (2016) Review of the Baseball Stadium Insider, by M. Lupica. American Studies Journal, 55(2), 7-8.
  • DeLuca, J. R., & Bustad, J.J. (2016). 'My baby and this mom body': Examining post-partum bodywork through stroller fitness. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 9(1), 133-148.
  • Andrews, D.L., Bustad, J.J. & Clevenger, S. ”Spectacle of Sporting Otherness and American Imaginings, 1880-1920” International Journal of History of Sport 31: 1-2, March 2014, 224-249.
  • Friedman, M.T., Bustad, J.J., & Andrews, D.L. “’Feeding the Downtown Monster’: Redeveloping Baltimore’s “tourist bubble”.City, Culture and Society 3:3, September 2012, 209-218


  • Right to the Active City – Physical Activity Opportunity and the Urban Experience
  • Pigtown Practices: Neighborhood Lifestyles and Urban Physical Cultures


  • First Year Experience (FYE) Program Advisor - Kinesiology
  • Sport Management Faculty Committee

Courses Taught 

  • KNES 390 Sport and Globalization