Gender Politics in US College Athletic Departments

The Case of the University of Minnesota Merger

  • Lisa A. Kihl
  • Vicki D. Schull
  • Sally Shaw

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Lisa A. Kihl, Vicki D. Schull, Sally Shaw
    Pages 1-16
  3. Lisa A. Kihl, Vicki D. Schull, Sally Shaw
    Pages 17-35
  4. Lisa A. Kihl, Vicki D. Schull, Sally Shaw
    Pages 37-57
  5. Lisa A. Kihl, Vicki D. Schull, Sally Shaw
    Pages 59-94
  6. Lisa A. Kihl, Vicki D. Schull, Sally Shaw
    Pages 95-118
  7. Lisa A. Kihl, Vicki D. Schull, Sally Shaw
    Pages 119-134
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 135-147

About this book


This book examines the gendered politics in the context of a merger of the women’s and men’s athletic departments at the University of Minnesota over a ten year plus span. Examining the athletic department merger helps us understand women's continual under-representation in University athletics despite Title IX legislation passing 40 years ago. Using interview with organizational stakeholders and archival document data, the book explores how organizational change in the form of a merger is gendered with relation to the premerger, merged, post-merger stages. 

Lisa A. Kihl is Associate Professor of Sport Management in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota, USA. Her teaching interests intersect sport ethics, policy, and governance. She has published in the areas of sport corruption, corporate social responsibility, athletes and governance, and leadership and organizational change in sport. 

Vicki Schull is Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Performance at Minnesota State University, Mankato, USA. Her research interests include leadership in sport, gender relations in sport, issues in intercollegiate athletics, and organizational change in sport.

Sally Shaw is Senior Lecturer in the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Otago, New Zealand.She has published widely in leading sport management journals. Her research interests include gender relations in sport organisations, sport organization governance, and the development of anti-homophobia policies in sport. 


organizational change gender equity Title IX merger processes merger stages gendered relational process Sociology of Sport anthropology education ethnography gender politics social science sociology university

Authors and affiliations

  • Lisa A. Kihl
    • 1
  • Vicki D. Schull
    • 2
  • Sally Shaw
    • 3
  1. 1.University of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Minnesota State UniversityMankatoUSA
  3. 3.University of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, New York
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-48508-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-48509-0
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