Professor John Nauright, PhD (Queen's University, Canada), BA, MA (University of South Carolina, USA) is Chair and Professor of the Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation at the University of North Texas, USA. Through June 2016 he was Professor of Sport and Leisure Management at the University of Brighton, UK. He is Honorary Professor of Lomonosov Moscow State University in Russia. He is also Visiting Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill. He also has been Visiting Professor in Sport, Bodies and Health at Aarhus University in Denmark (2009-15) and was Visiting Professor of History and American Studies at Lincoln University in England (2006-09).

He is the author or editor of 19 books and author of 60 refereed journal articles in the fields of sociology of sports; sports history; sport and development; African studies; globalization studies; sport management and marketing; tourism management; cultural studies; gender studies; and physical education. His four volume work (edited with Charles Parrish) Sports Around the World: History, Culture, and Practice (ABC-CLIO, 2012) was named by Library Journal as a Best of Reference Work for 2012. He books Making Men: Rugby and Masculine Identity and Rugby and the South African Nation were awarded best edited and authored works respectively by the World Rugby Museum at the inaugural World in Union Rugby World Cup conference in 2015.
PhD Queen's University, Canada, 1992
MA, University of South Carolina, 1988
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Sport and Leisure Studies; Sport and Leisure Management; Events and Tourism Management; African studies; British Empire and Commonwealth history; Sport and International Development; Political Economy of Sport and Events.
Personal Interests
Football (all forms); golf; travel.