Jacob Bustad, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Jacob Bustad, Ph.D.

Contact Info

Burdick Hall, 120 F
Tues/Thurs 12:30-2:00pm
email for an 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

Urban Sport and Recreation
Health and Physical Activity
Sport and Globalization

Professor Jacob Bustad joins Towson University as an Associate 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., & Andrews, D. L. (2017). Policing the Void: Recreation, Social Inclusion and the Baltimore Police Athletic League. Social Inclusion, 5(2), 241-249.
  • Bustad, J.J., Mower, R.L. (2017) “Welcome to the Factory: College Athletics and Corporatized Recruiting”. In R. King-White (Ed.), Sport and the Neoliberal University: Profit, Politics, and Pedagogy. Rutgers University Press
  • Clift, B.C., & Bustad, J.J. (2017). Moving in the margins: Active urban bodies and the politics of ethnography. In M. Giardina & M. Donnelly (Eds.), Physical Culture, Ethnography and the Body. Routledge.
  • Mower, R.L., Bustad, J.J., & Andrews, D.L. (2017). Confronting America: Black commercial aesthetics, athlete activism and the nation reconsidered. In P. Dolan & J. Connolly (Eds.), Sport and National Identities. Routledge.


  • Recreation Policy and Governance in Baltimore
  • Postpartum Health & Wellness


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

Courses Taught 

  • KNES 390 Sport and Globalization 
  • KNES 460 Cultural Economy of Sport