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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.

An organizational theorist, Agyemang has consulted with organizations on topics concerning race, justice and equity. His upcoming book (under contract with Cornell University/ILR Press) explores the realities for Black professionals in the workplace and discusses how organizations can achieve racial equity. He conducted interviews with leaders spanning various industries, including sport, entertainment, media, and education, among others.

Agyemang has published more than 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 currently the Editor-in-Chief 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 social actors (e.g., people, organizations) transform organizations and institutions. His work also examines how institutions impact social actors.

Selected Publications

  • Hindman, L. C., Walker, N. A., & Agyemang, K. J. A. (In Press). Bounded rationality or bounded morality? The National Basketball Association response to COVID-19. European Sport Management Quarterly.
  • Walker, N. A., Agyemang, K. J. A., Washington, M., Hindman, L. C., and MacCharles, J. (In Press). Getting an internship in the sport industry: The institutionalization of privilege. Sport Management Education Journal.
  • Agyemang, K. J. A., Singer, J. N., & Weems, A. J. (2020). “Agitate! Agitate! Agitate!”: Sport as a site for political resistance and social change. Organization, 27(6), 952-968.
  • 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.