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Dustin Abnet, PhD
Assistant Professor of American Studies

A Professor in the American Studies Department, Dustin Abnet teaches and researches on the histories of work and leisure, material and popular culture, and science and technology. While his interest in sports initially stemmed from his interest in leisure, he has come to see that the history of sport in America is really emblematic of some of the most important long-term transformations in three of his major areas of interest: the power relations of American society, the growth and expansion of industrial capitalism, and American identities and ideals.  As part of his interests, he teaches two courses that examine the cultural history of sports in America.  The first, “American Culture through Spectator Sports” uses the history of baseball, football, basketball, and boxing to examine larger issues of identity, economic development, and gender, race, and class relations.  Beginning Fall 2015 he will teach a course entitled “Gaming and American Culture” that will explore the histories of athletic, board/parlor, and video games in America from the Puritans to the present.  While his current book project explores the history of robots in American culture, Professor Abnet is currently devising a second project that examines the history of gaming (athletic, board, and video) in America from the start of the Cold War to the present.

Matt Englar-Carlson

Matt Englar-Carlson, PhD.
Professor of Counseling

Matt Englar-Carlson, PhD., is a Professor of Counseling and co-director and founder of the Center for Boys and Men at California State University- Fullerton. He holds graduate degrees in health psychology education and counselor education and received his doctorate in counseling psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA). University service includes being department chair and chair of the CSUF Institutional Review Board.  He was a Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and the University of New England, Australia, supervising doctoral-level qualitative research. As a scholar, teacher, and clinician, Dr. Englar-Carlson has been passionate about the role of gender, and specifically masculinity on health and well-being. Those interests extend to how masculinity influences health associated behavior and decision for athletes. He has also examined how positive psychology intersects with masculinity. This exploration extends to the application of strength-based approaches to understanding how we view athletes, their behavior, and how athletes themselves find positivity within their sport.

He has over 35 publications and 60 national and international presentations. Dr. Englar-Carlson is the co-author of 3 books, co-editor of four books and was featured as the guest expert in the 2010 APA-produced DVD Engaging Men in Psychotherapy. He is also the co-editor of the 24-volume monograph series Theories of Psychotherapy (APA) that features the world’s leading authorities on various theoretical approached to psychotherapy. In 2007 he was named the Researcher of the Year by the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity.

Pam Fiber-Ostrow, PhD
Associate Professor of Political Science

John Gleaves

John Gleaves, PhD
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

John Gleaves, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at California State University, Fullerton with a research focus on ethical and historical issues relating to performance-enhancing drugs in sports. His research traditionally takes a cross-disciplinary approach, combining evidence-based and empirical information within traditional social sciences and humanities-based methodology. Dr. Gleaves has published numerous articles on doping and drug use in top peer-reviewed journals including most recently in The International Journal for the History of Sport and in The Journal of Sport History. He has authored several book chapters and essays on doping and has been invited to deliver keynote addresses based on his growing research portfolio.  He is currently the co-director of the International Network of Humanistic Doping Research (INHDR), an associate editor for the journal Performance Enhancement and Health, and serves as Conference Chair on the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport (IAPS) Executive Committee.  Dr. Gleaves has been recognized for his professional achievements as both an educator and researcher.  He is currently co-authoring a book on Olympic Amateurism due to be published in spring 2015.

Matthew Llewellenyn

Matthew Llewellyn, PhD
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

Dr. Matt Llewellyn, Ph.D. was born in Cardiff, South Wales, United Kingdom, and has been actively involved in sport and physical activity throughout his life. After completing an undergraduate degree at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, Matthew enrolled at the California State University, Long Beach where he pursued a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology. He earned a Ph.D. in the Historical and Philosophical Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity at the Pennsylvania State University. Matt has successfully published over 25 papers in refereed journals including the Journal of Sport History, Contemporary British History, Sport in History, and the International Journal of the History of Sport, as well as numerous textbook chapters. He is the author of “Rule Britannia: Nationalism, Identity and the Modern Olympic Games” (Routledge Press, 2012). Matt is also an energetic member of the professional academic community in both sports history and Kinesiology. He currently serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Sport History and has given numerous papers at academic conferences throughout North America and Europe.  Matt is a father of two young boys and a life-long supporter of Liverpool Football Club.

Magdalena Mankowska

Magdalena Mankowska, PhD
Instructor of Kinesiology

I am Dr. Magdalena Mankowska, the part-time faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology at CSUF and CSUN. I have a PhD in science of physical culture (is considered as kinesiology in US) from University of Physical Education in Poland. I have studied physical culture in Poland, Greece and Denmark. As a faculty member at CSUF and CSUN, I plan to continue my research on the relationship between the pedagogical values of Olympic Games, cultural integration throughout movement and aesthetics aspects in modern physical education program.

I specialize in Olympic education related to physical education at school and the integration between subjects at school and physical education.  During my doctoral degree, I used a cross–disciplinary approach to translate educational ideals embedded in Olympism (which combines holistic view of sport, character development, and liberal arts with physical education) into curriculum strategies. The result is a new perspective that has practical applicability to modern physical education programs. I have also researched methods for including traditional and ethnic sport into curriculum as a way to increase cultural awareness and tolerance of differences.

Graham McFee, PhD
Instructor of Philosophy

Graham McFee is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy from the University of Brighton, UK; and works in the Philosophy Department at Cal State Fullerton.

His academic interests range widely in philosophy, to include both the philosophy of sport and the aesthetics of dance (where his 2011 book The Philosophical Aesthetics of Dance was awarded the Selma Jean Cohen prize by the American Society for Aesthetics). Although he regards those interests as strictly bounded by philosophy, they do extend to a scholarly interest in the ideas of Pierre de Coubertin, since determining the precise content of de Coubertin’s ideas is a necessary prelude to evaluating them.

Michael Perez

Michael Perez, PhD
Associate Professor of Sociology

Michael P. Perez is a native diasporic Chamorro/Chamoru ancestrally rooted in Guam, and born in Long Beach, CA. He is Professor of Sociology and the Faculty Athletics Representative at Cal State Fullerton.  His teaching and scholarly interests include critical race studies, indigeneity, Native Pacific studies, race, gender and sports, education and critical pedagogy, and delinquency. Perez's published work has appeared in Amerasia Journal, Critical Criminology, Deviant Behavior, Ethnic Studies Review, Faculty of Color Teaching at Predominantly White Institutions (Anker Publishing), Global Processes, Local Impacts: The Effects of Globalization in the Asia Pacific Region (University Press of America), Pacific Studies, Social Identities: Journal of the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, Social Science Quarterly, Sociological Spectrum, and Sovereignty Matters: Locations of Contestation and Possibility in Indigenous Struggles for Self-Determination (University of Nebraska Press).  Recreational interests include mountain biking, karate, surfing (beginner), and watching his kids play soccer/futbol.

Toby Rider

Toby Rider, PhD
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

Dr. Toby C. Rider was born and raised in East Sussex, England.  He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Birmingham and his Master’s degree at the University of Brighton.  He followed this by completing a Ph.D. in the sociocultural study of sport and exercise at The University of Western Ontario in London, Canada.  Throughout his career in higher education, Toby has mainly focused his studies on the historical and political role of sport in the Cold War era.  His latest work focuses on the U.S. government’s use of sport as a tool of statecraft and he is currently developing a book on this subject.  Toby has published multiple articles in peer reviewed journals, contributed several chapters to scholarly books, and presented his research at numerous conferences.  In addition to this, he serves on the editorial board of Olympika, he is the book review editor for the Sport History Review, and the Director of Policy and Procedure Portfolios for the North American Society for Sport History.   

Alison Wrynn

Alison Wrynn
Professor of Kinesiology

Alison Wrynn is Director of Undergraduate Studies & General Education and a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at California State University, Fullerton. She received her PhD in Human Biodynamics, with a specialization in the History of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, at the University of California, Berkeley. Her current research is focused on the history of the allied health fields related to kinesiology (like Athletic Training and Physical Therapy). She has also produced three large scale reports (with co-author Maureen Smith) for the Women's Sports Foundation on gender, leadership and participation in the Olympic and Paralympic Movements and is the co-author of the textbook Women, Sport and Physical Activity: Challenges and Triumphs, 2nd ed. (Kendall-Hunt, 2009). She is a former International Olympic Committee, Olympic Studies Centre, Postgraduate Research Grant recipient, the past editor of the Journal of Sport History and a Fellow (#514) in the National Academy of Kinesiology.

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