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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Michael Malec

Sociology Department


Michael Malec

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 1968

McGuinn Hall 427
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone 617-552-4131

Curriculum Vitae

Personal website



Scholarly Interests

Sociology of sport (children’s sport; women’s sport; nationalism; sport in developing nations; sport and higher education). A geographic area of interest is Central America, with a special emphasis on Nicaragua.

Academic Profile

Michael Malec’s main area of research is in the sociology of sport, with a special focus on children’s sport, nationalism, and sport in developing nations. His primary teaching responsibilities are for the required introductory statistics course for both undergraduate and graduate students.

courses Typically taught

SOCY2200 - Statistics
SOCY3359 - Sports in Society
SOCY7702 - Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis
UNCS2245 - Freshman Topic Seminar

Professional Activities and Awards

Editor, Journal of Sport and Social Issues (1986-1992).

President, North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (2000-2001).

Distinguished Service Award from the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (2006).

Selected Publications

2007 - College Sports. In Higher Education: Open for Business (ed. Christian Gilde). Read the Abstract. Landham, MD: Lexington Books.

1997 - Robinson and Worrell: Athletes as Agents of Social Change. Pdf document. Pp. 412-418 in Journal of Sport and Social Issues 21:4. (With H. Beckles.)

1997 - Gender Equity in Athletics. Pp. 209-218 in Gregg Lee Carter (ed.), Perspectives on Current Social Problems. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

1995 - The Social Role of Sports in Caribbean Societies. New York: Gordon & Breach. National Library of Australia.

1993 - Essential Statistics for Social Research (2nd ed.). Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

1993 - Patriotic Symbols in Intercollegiate Sports During the Gulf War. Read the Abstract. Pp. 98-106 in the Sociology of Sport Journal 10(1).


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