Chen Chen

Assistant Professor

Expertise: Sport Management

Educational Leadership


Assistant Professor, Sport Management

Academic Degrees:

Ph.D., Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, University of Alberta, 2019
MA, International Journalism and Communication, Renmin University of China, Beijing, 2014
BA, Journalism, Renmin University of China, Beijing, 2012

Areas of Expertise:

Sport Management 
Qualitative Methodologies
Sport, Settler Colonialism and Decolonization
Race and Asian Diaspora in Sport
Environmental Justice 


Currently an assistant professor of sport management at the Neag School of Education, Dr. Chen Chen describes himself as a grateful visitor from China to the land known as Connecticut (originated from the Algonquin word Quinnehtukqut that means ‘beside the long tidal river’). Chen takes an interdisciplinary approach to explore the intersection of sport with colonialism as well as social, racial, and environmental justice. He is particularly interested in how non-dominant epistemologies can mobilize sport, education, and movement spaces to be more just and equitable, facilitating more meaningful community-building towards decolonization and collective liberation. His research manuscripts have been featured in the Journal of Sport Management, Event Management, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise, and Health, Leisure/Loisir, European Journal for Sport and Society, The International Journal of the History of Sport, and Cities. Chen is a leader, organizer, and staunch advocate for students and scholars of underrepresented backgrounds. He is the founding organizer of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) caucus at the annual North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) conference. Chen is currently a member of the board of advisors at the Sporting Justice Collective and a full member of the Sport Ecology Group. Most recently, Chen co-edited an open-access, bilingual educational booklet titled ‘How to be a Chinese Ally’, the first resource of its kind for the overseas Chinese community to reflect upon its collective complicity and responsibility on the settler-occupied Indigenous land.

Selected Publications:

Chen, C. (2021). How useful is ‘racial justice’? Deliberating ‘racial justice’ enunciations in sport. European Journal of Sport and Society.  

Chen, C., & Mason, D. S. (2021). When two worlds collide: The unsettling experiences of non-Indigenous volunteers at 2017 World Indigenous Nations Games. Leisure/Loisir.  

Chen, C. (2021). (Un)Making the international student a settler of color: A decolonizing autoethnography. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and  

Chen, C. (2020). Football legend, role model, cultural ambassador, and true Canadian? A critical reading of the mediated legacy of Norman Kwong, the “China Clipper”. International Review for the Sociology of Sport. 

Chen, C., & Mason, D. S. (2019). Making settler colonialism visible in sport management. Journal of Sport Management, 33(5), 379-392.  

Sant, S. L., Mason, D. S., & Chen, C. (2019). “Second-tier outpost”? Negative civic image and urban infrastructure development. Cities87, 238-246.  

Chen, C., Mason, D. S., & Misener, L. (2018). Exploring media coverage of the 2017 World Indigenous Nations Games and North American Indigenous Games: A critical discourse analysis. Event Management22(6), 1009-1025.  

Chen, C., & Mason, D. S. (2018). A postcolonial reading of representations of non-western leadership in sport management studies. Journal of Sport Management32(2), 150-169.  

Chen, C., &. Mason, D. S. (2018). Hockey’s significant others: Canadian newspaper coverage of elite migrant athletes in the 1980s and 1990s. International Journal of the History of Sport35(10), 985 – 1007.  

Chen Chen.
Contact Information
Mailing AddressU-3093
Office LocationGentry 217A