Megan Chawansky

Megan Chawansky



HSS 105

Assistant Professor
Department of Health & Sport Sciences

Megan Chawansky, Ph. D., is currently an assistant professor of sport management. At Otterbein University, she teaches courses on global sports, sport marketing, sport facilities, sport psychology and sport finance. Previously, she served as a lecturer and the Assistant Director of the Global Center for Sport Diplomacy at the University of Kentucky. She also worked at the University of Bath (UK) and the University of Brighton (UK), where she taught on the graduate program in sport for development.

Her research interests reside in the use of sport for social change. She has worked with a number of organizations in the ‘Sport for Development and Peace’ (SDP) sector, and her research and consultancy experiences in the area of SDP include work with partners and colleagues in South Africa and Cambodia (Skateistan), India (Naz Foundation), Zambia (Go Sisters), Kenya (Moving the Goalposts-Kilifi), Sri Lanka (Commonwealth Secretariat), and the Caribbean (multiple organizations). Chawansky grew up in northeast Ohio (Lorain and Avon Lake) and played college basketball at Northwestern University.


  • Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2008
  • M.A., The Ohio State University, 2002
  • B.A., Northwestern University, 1999

Research, Creative, & Professional Work

  • Sport for development and peace (SDP)
  • Management issues in SDP
  • Sport and marginalized communities
  • Global sport


Edited Books
  • Chawansky, M., Hayhurst, L., McDonald, M.G., Van Ingen, C. (2018). Innovations in ‘Sport for Development and Peace’ Research. London: Routledge.
  • Hayhurst, L.M.C., Kay, T. & Chawansky, M. (2016). Beyond Sport for Development and Peace: Transnational perspectives on theory, policy and practice. London: Routledge.
Recent Peer-Reviewed Articles
  • Thorpe, H., Hayhurst, L.M.C. & Chawansky, M. (2018). ‘Once my relatives see me on social media it will be very bad’: The ethics of organizational representations of sporting girls from the Global South. Sociology of Sport Journal, 35, 3, 226-237.
  • Chawansky, M. & Carney, A. (2017). The politics of pleasure in girl-centered Sport for Development programming, Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal, 2:1, 87-101, DOI: 10.1080/23802014.2017.1365624
  • Thorpe, H. & Chawansky, M. (2017). The gendered experiences of women staff and volunteers in sport for development organizations: The case of transmigrant workers of Skateistan, Journal of Sport Management, 31, 6, 546-561.
  • Darnell, S., Chawansky, M., Marchesseault, D., Holmes, M. & Hayhurst, L. (2016). The State of Play: Critical sociological insights into recent 'Sport for Development and Peace' research, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, DOI:10.1177/1012690216646762
  • Chawansky, M. (2016). Be who you are and be proud: Brittney Griner, intersectional invisibility and digital possibilities for lesbian sporting celebrity, Leisure Studies, DOI: 10.1080/02614367.2015.1128476
  • Holmes, M., Banda, D. & Chawansky, M. (2015). Towards sustainable programme design? An examination of CSR initiatives within a Zambian SfD NGO, International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing, 16, 1/2, 36-51.
  • Chawansky, M. & Mitra, P. (2015). Family matters: Studying the role of the family through the eyes of girls in an SfD programme in Delhi, Sport in Society, 18, 8, 983-994.
  • Chawansky, M. (2015). You’re Juicy: Autoethnography as evidence in sport for development and peace (SDP) research, Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health (QRSEH), 7, 1, 1-12.