I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, as well as a research associate in the Social Sciences of Sport division at Justus Liebig-Universität Gießen’s Institute for Sport Science.
My research spans across the Sociology of Sport, Critical Masculinity Studies, Social Movements and Collective Behavior, and the Study of Consumption, Leisure and Subcultures.
In Gießen, I work on Prof. Dr. Michael Mutz’s research project “High-performance sports’ impact on collective identification in the nation-state”, which explores the impact of mega sporting events (the Olympics, EURO2016) on collective identification among the population, and which is funded by Germany’s Federal Institute of Sport Science.
My ongoing dissertation research is an ethnographic study of community-building, activism and conflicts among soccer supporters groups in the US.
In a related project (funded by the International Centre for Sports Studies’ / FIFA’s Havelange Scholarship), I explore the role of politics and masculinities in the Ultra soccer fan scene in Germany.
In a previous project, I examined the media debates about a ‘boy crisis’ in education and focused on the tensions between anti-feminist arguments, tropes of male victimhood and a rhetoric of gender equality.