Thomas Oates

Thomas Oates
Associate Professor of American Studies
PhD The University of Iowa (2004, Mass Communication)
728 Jefferson Building
(319) 335-0316
Curriculum Vitae: 
Research Interests: 
Sport media, critical/cultural studies

Tom Oates holds degrees in American Studies and Mass Communication and holds a joint appointment with the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. His interdisciplinary scholarship has appeared in journals spanning communication, sport studies, and cultural studies. He is the author of Football and Manliness and the co-editor of The NFL: Critical and Cultural Perspectives, and Playing to Win: Sports, Video Games, and the Culture of Play.

He pursues research interests at the intersection of sport, media, and culture, focusing on how new media and neoliberalism are shaping articulations of race, gender, and sexuality around contemporary sport. His current project explores the connections between basketball with racialized and gendered meanings of space.

Tom teaches courses on the historical, economic, regulatory, and ideological forces shaping media production on the United States.

Courses taught in American Studies

  • Masculinity, Race and Sport Media (graduate)
  • Sport and Neoliberalism (graduate)
  • Sport and Media, Space and Place (graduate)
  • Football in America
  • Sport and the Media
  • New Media and the Future of Sport
  • Baseball in America
  • Classics in Sport Journalism