Ryan King-White, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Ryan King-White, Ph.D.

Contact Info

Burdick Hall, 121 G
By appointment


Ph.D., Kinesiology, University of Maryland, College Park, 2008

M.A., Kinesiology, University of Maryland, College Park, 2005

B.S., Sport Management, Ithaca College, 2002

A.S., Liberal Arts, Broome Community College, 1999

Areas of Expertise

Critical Pedagogy
Physical Cultural Studies
Critical Sport Management

Dr. King-White earned his PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland – College Park in 2008.  Since then he has taught 10 courses in Towson’s Sport Management Program with great success.  King-White has led 4 study abroad programs to San Juan, PR, Santo Domingo, DR, and the United Kingdom while planning for a new one in Athens, Greece.  Ryan is also a productive researcher and has 7 peer-review journal articles, 6 book chapters, and over 40 academic presentations to his name.  Notably he won the Sociology of Sport 2010 journal article of the year, and had an article designated as For the Sociology of Sport spotlight article in 2012.  Dr. King-White, also focuses on alumni development and hosts an annual fundraiser golf tournament to supplement study abroad programming, and a cook-out for top graduating seniors.

Select Publications

  • King-White, R. (2017). Ethnographic Approaches. In D. Andrews & M. Silk (Eds.), Handbook for Physical Cultural Studies, pp. 484-494. New York: Routledge.
  • Spencer, N., Adamson, M., Allgayer, S., Castaneda, Y., Haugen, M., King-White, R., Kluch, Y., Rinehart, R. & Walton-Fisette, T. (2016). International Review of Qualitative Research, 9(4), 489-514.
  • King-White, R., DeLuca, J. & Batts, C. (In Press). “What “counts” as critical intervention from three perspectives.
    The Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies
  • King-White, R. (2013). I am not a scientist: Being honest with oneself and the researched in critical interventionist research.
    Sociology of Sport Journal, 30(3)296-322.
  • King-White, R., Newman, J. I. & Giardina, M. (2013). Articulating fatness: Obesity, neoliberalism, and the scientific tautologies of bodily accumulation.
    The Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies 35(2), 79-102.
  • Wiest, A. & King-White, R. (2013). Selling out (in) sport management: Practically evaluating the state of the (American sporting) union.
    Sport Education & Society, 18(2), 200-221.
  • King-White, R. (2012) Oh Henry!: Physical cultural studies critical pedagogical imperative. Sociology of Sport Journal 29(3), 385-408.
  • King-White, R. (2010). Danny Almonte: Discursive constructions of (im)migrant citizenship in neoliberal America.
    Sociology of Sport Journal 27(2), 178-199.


  • The Towson Transformation - A History of Institutional and Athletic Development 1975-Present
  • Critical Ethnography in Physical Cultural Studies
  • Critical Pedagogy in the Sport Management Classroom
  • Experiential learning through study abroad


  • Chair, College of Health Professions Diversity Committee
  • Director of Alumni Relations - Sport Management
  • Curator - King-White Speaker Series for Sport Management
  • First Year Experience and Transfer Advisor

Courses Taught 

  • KNES 353 Sport & Society 
  • KNES 460 Cultural Economy of Sport