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Jennifer McGovern, PhD

Assistant Professor

PhD, Temple University

Office: Bey Hall , Room 245

Phone: 732-923-4658


Spring 2017 Office Hours:

Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Wednesday: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Thursday: 11:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m.

Other Times by Appointment.

Spring 2017 Courses:

SO 101: Introduction to Sociology

SO 234: Sports & Society

PS/SO 250: Social Science Research & Writing

Asbury Park Community Project Course

Regularly Taught Courses:

SO 101: Introduction to Sociology

GS/SO 225: Introduction to Gender Studies

SO 234: Sports and Society

SO/GS 252: Race and Ethnicity

PS/SO 274: Global Inequalities

SO 490: Thesis Proposal


Jen McGovern, PhD, is a lecturer 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.

Research Interests:

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

Selected Works:

Scholarly Articles:

McGovern, J. (2013). Fan perspectives on race and baseball in the city of brotherly love. The National Pastime, 116+.

McGovern, J. (2015). Does Race Belong on Sports Blogs? Solidarity and Racial Discourse in Online Baseball Fan Forums. Communication & Sport

Groff, E. R., Taylor, R. B., Elesh, D. B., McGovern, J., & Johnson, L. (2014). Permeability across a metropolitan area: conceptualizing and operationalizing a macrolevel crime pattern theory. Environment and Planning A, 46(1), 129–152.