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Kwame Agyemang

Associate Professor, Department of Human Sciences

Program Area: Kinesiology


Kwame Agyemang is an Associate Professor of Sport Management in the Department of Human Sciences. Prior to arriving at The Ohio State University, he served seven years (2012-2019) at Louisiana State University (earning promotion and tenure in 2018) and one year at Eastern Kentucky University as an assistant professor (2011-2012). He also spent the spring 2019 quarter as a visiting professor at UC Davis’ Graduate School of Management.

As a leader in the area of organizations and racial justice, Agyemang has consulted both professional athletes and professional sport organizations on topics concerning race and leading social change in communities. His upcoming book (under contract with Cornell University/ILR Press) examines and explains how organizations can support and positively impact under-served populations. He highlights the work of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and its member organizations.

Agyemang has published 30 peer-reviewed journal articles in various journals, including the Journal of Management Inquiry, Journal of Sport Management, Sport Management Review, Journal of African American Studies, International Journal of Sport Management, and International Review for the Sociology of Sport, among others. He is also the Deputy Editor for Sport, Business and Management: An International Journal and serves on several editorial boards: Sociology of Sport Journal, International Journal of Sport Communication, Journal of Amateur Sport, and International Journal of Sport Management.


  • Graduate Certificate, Change Leadership, Cornell University SC Johnson College of Business, 2018
  • PhD, Sport Management, Texas A&M University, 2011
  • MEd, Higher Education Administration, University of Oklahoma, 2008
  • BA, Political Science, University of Oklahoma, 2007

Research Interests

Research Summary

Agyemang’s research attempts to better understand how people and organizations support and manage social change. He is particularly interested in organizations’ work that address issues of inequality and injustice.

Selected Publications

  • Singer, J. N., Shaw, S., Hoeber, L., Walker, N. A., Agyemang, K. J. A., & Rich, K. (2019). Critical conversations about qualitative research in sport management. Journal of Sport Management, 33(1), 50-63.
  • Agyemang, K. J. A., Berg, B. K., & Fuller, R. D. (2018). Disrupting the disruptor: Perceptions as institutional maintenance work at the 1968 Olympic Games. Journal of Sport Management, 32(6), 567-580.
  • Foreman, J., Soebbing, B. P., Seifried, C. S., & Agyemang, K. J. A. (2018). Examining relationships between managerial career advancement and centrality, race, and the Rooney Rule. International Journal of Sport Management, 19(3), 315-338.
  • Agyemang, K. J. A., & Kellison, T. B., & Martin, T. G. (2017). Impression management: A review of (non-sport) organizational literature and opportunities for sport industry research. International Journal of Sport Management, 18(2), 240-258.
  • Agyemang, K. J. A., & Williams, A. S. (2016). Managing celebrity via impression management on social network sites: An exploratory study of NBA celebrities. Sport, Business and Management: An International Journal, 6(4), 440-459.
  • Agyemang, K. J. A., Williams, A. S., & Kim, D. Y. (2015). “Scandalous!”: Reputation, impression management, and employee assistance programs (EAPs) in the NBA. Sport Management Review, 18, 609-617.
  • Agyemang, K. J. A., & Singer, J. N. (2014). Race in the present day: NBA employees sound off on race and racism. Journal of African American Studies, 18 (1), 11-32.