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Jen McGovern, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor
  • Faculty Athletics Representative
  • Sociology Program Director

Department: Political Science and Sociology

Office: Samuel E. and Mollie Bey Hall 256

Office Hours: Fall 2021
Monday, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Wednesday, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Phone: 732-923-4658


Jen McGovern, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and Sociology at Monmouth University who is passionate about teaching and learning sociology. She specializes in understanding how sport both reflects and challenges social inequalities, such as social class, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, and sexuality.

Her previous research focused on the ways that professional baseball’s institutional structures have grown and changed and how local baseball fans tell narratives about baseball players as the game has grown more global in scope. Her current research focuses on female athletes. She has written about female athlete attitudes about sexual assault and Latina women’s experiences in sport. In addition, she has worked on a  community needs assessment with various Asbury Park stakeholders. She is currently partnering with colleagues in the MU Health and Physical Education department to deliver and research after school physical education programs in Asbury Park. She is also working with students and faculty in Monmouth’s Psychology Department to conduct research on the gendering of sport toys.


Ph.D., Temple University

Research Interests

Sociology of Sport. Race, Ethnicity, & Immigration. Statistical & Research Methods. Gender Studies.

Scholarly Articles

  • McGovern, J., Mele, M., Ragudaran, S. Community-Based Research in Practice:  Reflections on a Collaborative Approach to Teaching CBR. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. 25(4) 153-165.
  • McGovern, J. (2021). Are Latinx Youth Getting in the Game?:The Effect of Gender, Class, Ethnicity, and Language on Latinx Youth Sport Participation. Latino Studies. 19 (2) 92-113.
  • McGovern, J. (2020). The Intersection of Class, Culture, and Generation in Shaping Latinas’ Sport Participation.  Sociological Spectrum 41(1) 96-114.
  • (2020). with Drewson, S., Hope, A. & Konopack, J. Gender Differences in a Youth Physical Activity Intervention: Physical Activity Afterschool Program (PAASP). American Journal of Health Education. 51(2), 109-119.
  • (2018). “You Have to Have Money to Be Good”: How Capital Accumulation Shapes Latinas’ Pathways to College Sports. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 11(2), 149–171.
  • (2017).  Strong Women Never Mumble: Female Athlete Attitudes About Sexual Consent. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
  • (2017). The Boundaries of Latino Sport Leadership: How Skin Tone, Ethnicity, and Nationality Construct Baseball’s Color Line. Sociological Inquiry, 87(1)
  • (2015). Does Race Belong on Sports Blogs? Solidarity and Racial Discourse in Online Baseball Fan Forums. Communication & Sport. 4(3), 331-346
  • (2013). Fan perspectives on race and baseball in the city of brotherly love. The National Pastime, 116+.
  • (2014). with Groff, E. R., Taylor, R. B., Elesh, D. B., McGovern, J., & Johnson, L. Permeability across a metropolitan area: conceptualizing and operationalizing a macrolevel crime pattern theory. Environment and Planning A, 46(1), 129–152.

Popular Articles

Professional Associations

  • North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS), Web & Communications Chair


Recently Taught Classes

2024 Spring

2023 Fall

  • Introduction to Sociology – SO 101
  • Social Problems – SO 102

2023 Summer D

  • Introduction to Sociology – SO 101

2023 Summer C

  • Business Practice and Experience – BU 488

2023 Summer B

2023 Spring

  • Data Analysis for Social Sciences – SO 302
  • Sports and Society – SO 234

2022 Fall

2022 Summer B

2022 Summer A

  • Introduction to Sociology – SO 101

2022 Spring

2021 Fall

2021 Summer D

  • Introduction to Sociology – SO 101

2021 Summer B

2021 Spring

  • Data Analysis for Social Sciences – SO 302
  • Data Analysis for the Social Sciences – PS 302
  • Introduction to Sociology – SO 101
  • Sports and Society – SO 234

Frequently Taught Classes