CL Cole is a former Division I athletic coach, and holds two interdisciplinary doctoral degrees. At USC, she specialized in sports management (work/organizations and marketing) and quantitative research, combining sport management, business, education, gender and women's studies, sociology, political science, and law. While at USC, she worked in marketing and promotions for one of the most elite university athletic departments in the United States. As the first female member of a Division I’s men’s water polo coaching staff, she worked with other high-profile national and international sports organizations and some of the most talented athletes in the world. Cole's doctoral degree from the University of Iowa is a self-designed interdisciplinary “sociology of culture” degree, grounded in communications, media studies, gender studies, cultural studies, and visual and interpretive methods. During a year-long sabbatical at the University of California, San Francisco, she supplemented her doctoral education by working in science and technology studies (STS). She brings this training, which crosses the humanities, arts, social sciences, sciences, and athletics, to her work today.
Cole is the co-editor of Women, Sport & Culture (with Susan Birrell) and Sport and Corporate Nationalisms (with Michael Silk and David Andrews). She is the editor of the Journal of Sport & Social Issues and serves on the editorial boards of Cultural Studies Critical Methodologies and the NYU book series Biopolitics: Medicine, Technoscience, & Health in the 21st Century. She is the recipient of one of the University of Illinois’ Critical Research Initiative Awards and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Teaching Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
Media, Bodies & Technology
New Media Literacy & Digital Pedagogies
Gender & Culture
Feminist, Critical Race & Sexuality Studies
Interpretive, Visual & Ethnographic Methods
PhD, University of Southern California; PhD, University of Iowa
Introduction to Gender & Women's Studies
Introduction to Sexuality Studies
Gender & Digital Cultures
Sport Media, Technologies & Culture
Sport, Interactive Media & Information Economies
Additional Campus Affiliations
Professor, Media and Cinema Studies
Professor, Gender and Women's Studies
Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
Professor, Institute of Communications Research
Professor, Information Trust Institute
Behrmann, E. M., Gajjala, R., Losh, E., Cowan, T. L., Boyer, P., Rault, J., Wexler, L., & Cole, C. L. (2015). Feminist alternatives to massive open online courses (MOOCs): The inception of the distributed open collaborative course (DOCC). In MOOCs and Open Education Around the World (pp. 190-201). Taylor and Francis Inc.. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315751108
Cole, C. L. (2014). American memory and Chi Cheng. In Asian American Athletes in Sport and Society (pp. 111-119). Taylor and Francis Inc.. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315745442
Giardina, M. D., & Cole, C. L. (2013). Magic Johnson’s urban renewal: Empowerment zones and the national fantasy of Harlem USA. In Race, Identity, and Representation in Education (2 ed., pp. 379-392). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203822401
Cole, C. L. (2012). Bounding American empire: Sport, sex, and politics. In Youth Culture and Sport: Identity, Power, and Politics (pp. 55-68). Taylor and Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203938829
Giardina, M. D., & Cole, C. L. (2012). Race, class, and politics in post-Katrina America. In Sport and Neoliberalism: Politics, Consumption, and Culture (Vol. 9781439905050, pp. 57-74). Temple University Press.