Briana Scurry is a studio analyst for ESPN and a goalkeeper for the United States Women’s National Team.
Scurry joined ESPN in March 2011 to cover the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany and, through her extensive sports coverage, obtained the National Association of Black Journalists’ Sam Lacy Award.
She is also an advocate for awareness on women’s brain health, focusing on traumatic brain injuries because of her concussion in 2010, which lead to her retirement. Prior to her injury, she played three seasons as starting goalkeeper and captain for the Atlanta Beat, as well as winning the 1999 World Cup and two Olympic gold medals.
Because of her role in women’s soccer and advocacy work, Scurry was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2017. She is currently Assistant Coach for the Washington Spirit and Technical Advisor for the Washington Spirit Academy.
Studio Analyst at ESPN
Areas of Expertise: Women’s Soccer, World Cup, Women’s Brain Health
Linda Greene is a Law Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she researches and teaches Sports Law and Constitutional Law. She was the United States Olympic Committee Legislation Committee Chair, its Audit Committee Vice Chair, and co-author of its diversity and inclusion policies. She is a co-founder of Black Women in Sports Foundation and the author of articles and op-eds that explore the intersection of sport and equality. She has written about the inclusion of women in Olympic governing bodies, equity between male and female Olympians, and how women athletes are represented in the media. She has been featured on Wisconsin Public Radio, NPR, and has written opinion pieces in The New York Times since 1992.
Law Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Areas of Expertise: Olympics, Gender in Olympics, Sports, Sports Law, Women in Sports
Derrick E. White is a visiting associate professor of African and African American Studies and History at Dartmouth College.
White’s research focuses on modern black history and sports history. He is currently working on a book that inspects the intersections of college, sports and race. Specifically, he focuses on how longtime Florida A&M University football coach Jake Gaither built a program in the midst of segregation. The story of FAMU reveals the history of black college football and serves to examine the larger issues Black college athletes faced in the twentieth century.
Visiting Associate Professor of African/African American Studies & History at Dartmouth College
Location: Hanover, NH
Areas of Expertise: African American Civil Rights and Black Power Organizations, Sports and Race, Social Justice and Racial Politics
Dina Gilio-Walker is Policy Director and Senior Research Associate at the Center for World Indigenous Studies. A member of the Colville Confederated Tribes, her research interests include political autonomy among indigenous nations and the complex relationship between Native American communities and modern America. Additionally, she has completed research in critical sports studies, specifically as it relates to the intersection of indigenous culture and the sport of surfing.
Walker’s latest book, “All the Real Indians Died Off” and 20 Other Myths About Native Americans examines the most commonly-held myths and commonly-held beliefs about Native American culture and history. She is a frequent contributor to the Indian Country Media Network and her commentary has been featured by a number of news outlets including the Boston Globe, Mic.com and CSPAN Book Talk.
Policy Director and Senior Research Associate, Center for World Indigenous Studies
Location: San Clemente, CA
Areas of Expertise: Native American culture, critical sports studies, indigenous peoples, surfing, Native American history, higher education
Darin Padua is a professor and Chair of Exercise and Sport Science and Director of the Sports Medicine Research Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests over the past 15 years have involved prevention and treatment of sport-related injuries and he has published more than 100 pieces of writing related to the subject. Padua has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, Athletic Trainers’ Association Research and Education Foundation and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.
Padua has been recognized by several research organizations for his research. In 2013 he became a Fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology and in 2015 he received the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. This year he received the organizations’ Medal for Distinguished Research in Athletic Training–he is the 14th individual to receive the award in the organization’s 67-year history.
Chair of Exercise and Sports Science and Director of Sports Medicine Research Laboratory, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Areas of Expertise: Sports Medicine, Athlete Injury, Injury Prevention, Orthopedics, Knee Injury
Kiki Baker Barnes is the Director of Athletics at Dillard University and past president of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Her research involves student-athlete success and coaches’ influence on athlete performance. She is an expert in strategic planning, program management, organizational revitalization and intercollegiate athletics. Before becoming Athletic Director on a full-time basis, Barnes also served as the head coach of Dillard’s women’s basketball team until 2013.
Barnes is the first female and the first African-American president of the GCAC. In 2011, 2014 and 2015 she was voted the conference’s Athletic Director of the Year and in 2015 she received the Administrator of the Year award from the National Association of College Women Athletic Directors.
Director of Athletics, Dillard University
Areas of Expertise: Athletic performance, student-athlete success, coach-athlete relationships, strategic planning, organizational revitalization
Ange-Marie Hancock is a tenured Associate Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California. She is also CEO of RISIST, the Research Institute for the Study of Intersectionality and Social Transformation, a new online certification and collaboration platform that assists individuals and organizations to update their work in these two fields.
Hancock is a globally recognized scholar of intersectionality theory, the world’s leading analytical framework for analyzing and resolving inequality. She has written three books on the intersectionality and its effect on policy, including the award-winning The Politics of Disgust and the Pubic Identity of the “Welfare Queen,” (2004, New York University Press), Solidarity Politics for Milennials: A Guide to Ending the Oppression Olympics (2011, Palgrave Macmillan) and the forthcoming Oxford University Press book Intersectionality: An Intellectual History, which be published in December 2015. In 1993, under the mentorship of NBA Hall of Famer Tom “Satch” Sanders, Hancock conducted the original survey research and designed the business model for the Women’s National Basketball Association.
Associate Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California
CEO of RISIST
Areas of Expertise: Politics, Gender and Sports, Feminism, Intersectionality
Akilah R. Carter-Francique teaches Sport Management in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University. Her most current research focuses on African-American girls and women in sport and physical activity in terms of access and opportunity, mentoring, as well as mediated images and narratives.
As a former collegiate athlete in track and field from the University of Houston, where she received her bachelor’s degrees in Kinesiology-Exercise Science and Psychology, her practical experiences include, intercollegiate athletic experience, counseling and coaching at the K-12 education levels, and seven years as a facility and special event administrator in colligate campus recreation,
Carter-Francique’s has researched racial (e.g., Blacks, Hispanics, Asians) and gendered minorities in sport, health, and education in the American context with specific emphasis on Black girls and women. She also co-founded (with Deniece Dortch) and directs Sista to SistaTM (http://sistatosista.org), a co-curricular leadership development program designed to foster sense of connectedness amongst Black female collegiate athletes on predominantly white institutions of higher educational campuses.
Assistant Professor of Sport Management in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University
Areas of Expertise: Historical and Contemporary Experiences of Participants in Sport and Physical Activity, Experiences of Black Females and Males in Educational Institutions (K-20) Health and Well-Being for Women Of Color
She began her broadcasting career in 2011, making her debut as a studio analyst during ESPN’s coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Germany 2011. She continues to serve as a sideline reporter for the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams on ESPN, studio and match analyst for the Longhorn Network and a contributor to ESPN W, ESPN’s digital platform for female athletes and fans.
As a soccer player, González captained Mexico women’s national team from 2003 – 2007, including the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece – the nation’s first appearance in Olympic soccer competition. She played two seasons of professional soccer with the Boston Breakers, earning 2003 WUSA All-Star honors. González is a former All-America and Academic All-America player at Notre Dame University, leading the Fighting Irish to three NCAA Final four appearances.
A native of Richardson, Texas, González is the founder of Gonzo Soccer, a not-for-profit soccer and leadership academy for girls in ages 8-16 from Chicago’s underserved inner-city communities. She is also an active supporter of the Women’s Sports Foundation and remains dedicated to promoting women’s soccer in Mexico.
Soccer Studio Analyst at FOX Sports
Areas of Expertise: Women’s Soccer, World Cup, Mexican Soccer
Rwany Sibaja (C-Bah-Ha) teaches modern Latin American history at Appalachian State University. The focus of his research centers on the impact and role of fútbol (soccer) on popular culture in mid-twentieth century Argentina, with a focus on the impact of fútbol on the formation and re-imagination of collective identities.
Sibaja is also the director of history at Appalachian State. His work has appeared in the journal Soccer & Society, the four-volume Sports Around the World: History, Culture, and Practice, and on Teachinghistory.org.
Assistant Professor of History and Director of History/Social Studies Education at Appalachian State University
Areas of Expertise: Soccer, 20th-century Argentina, Popular Culture, Social Studies Education