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Yannick Kluch

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Dr. Kluch's research agenda is centered on why and how individuals and organizations utilize sport as a platform to advance equity, inclusion, and social justice. Drawing from interpretive-humanistic and critical epistemological frameworks and using qualitative and critical methods, Dr. Kluch's research looks at the individual factors (e.g., identity, sense of belonging), cultural institutions (e.g., media), and systemic forces (e.g., racism, exclusion) that either prevent or empower individuals and organizations to engage in social justice efforts. Specific areas of research include (1) activism, sport, and social change, (2) inclusive sport policy, governance, and human rights, (3) experiences of minoritized groups in sport, and (4) strategic diversity/equity/inclusion efforts in sport. As a scholar-practitioner, Dr. Kluch has worked with organizations such as the National Collegiate Athletic Association, USA Diving, and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee to remove barriers to racial and social justice in the sports industry.

Additional Campus Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Recreation, Sport and Tourism
Assistant Professor, European Union Center

Recent Publications

Kluch, Y., Sharnak, D., Brooks, S., Flores, S. M. A., & Weems, A. (2024). How does a “neutral” rule become a systemic barrier to racial justice? Human rights activism, International Olympic Committee Rule 50, and the neutrality myth in racialized organizations. Sport Management Review, 1-21. Advance online publication.

Schmidt, S. H., Kluch, Y., & Brody, E. (Accepted/In press). “Activism is welcome as long as it’s peaceful”: athletic administrators’ perspectives on college athlete activism via stakeholder theory. Sport Management Review.

Cassilo, D., & Kluch, Y. (2023). Mental Health, College Athletics, and the Media Framing of D. J. Carton’s Announcement to Step Away From his Team. Communication and Sport, 11(3), 462-488.

Hums, M. A., Kluch, Y., Schmidt, S. H., & MacLean, J. C. (2023). Governance and Policy in Sport Organizations. (5 ed.) Routledge.

Kluch, Y., Anderson, S. M., & Ferguson, T. L. (2023). How Can Organizations Better Support Athletes? A Case Study of the Impact of COVID-19 on Minoritized Communities in Intercollegiate Sport. In T. L. Rentner, & D. P. Burns (Eds.), Social Issues in Sport Communication: You Make the Call (pp. 300-311). Routledge.

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