THE SPORTS AND SOCIETY INITIATIVE
"When you think about sports from the most basic level — individual decision making — all the way up to how sport drives memory, how it impacts gender, race, education, neighborhoods, communities and beyond, all of these issues have broad societal implications.” –Trevon Logan
Professor of Economics Lucia Dunn has taught The Economics of Sports since she introduced the course to Ohio State over a decade ago. Meanwhile, Trevon Logan, also professor of economics and current chair of the department, was developing two large areas of research on sports — sports-betting markets and college football polls.
A series of conversations between Dunn and Logan about expanding the reach of sports research beyond economics developed into a concrete project, and in 2015, they founded the Sports and Society Initiative.
The core team, in addition to Dunn and Logan, includes Chris Knoester, professor of sociology and Nicole Kraft, assistant professor and clinical faculty member in communication.
pictured l to r: Lucia Dunn, Trevon Logan, Nicole Kraft, Chris Knoester