Noah’s research and teaching examine the intersections of sports, fandom, and politics in America. He is the author of We Average Unbeautiful Watchers: Fan Narratives and the Reading of American Sports. The book displays how sports fans simultaneously consume contemporary mass-mediated athletics as competitive displays, even as they draw on sports to construct identities and narratives that continually challenge and perpetuate American ideals of race, class, gender, and politics. Noah’s insightful scholarship led him to be the founding coordinator of the Sports Studies Caucus of the American Studies Association. His recognition in the field led to co-editing Sport in the University, a special issue of American Studies (Fall 2016), in which Noah calls scholars to engage in the multi-disciplinary study of the ubiquitous cultural and economic goliath of commercialized sport.
Noah is also an accomplished teacher, offering popular courses that examine some of the nation’s most contentious intersections of sport and society, including: “The Black Athlete in American Literature: From Frederick Douglass to LeBron James,” “Sport in the American University,” and “Sports and Culture: Reading Race and Racism through Spectator Sports.”
As an AMCS Lecturer, Dr. Cohan’s work and teaching galvanized interests in the study of sports and culture on campus, prompting him to be a co-convener of the AMCS program initiative: Sports and Society: Culture, Power, and Identity.
We are thrilled Noah will be taking on this new role in AMCS. As we transition to new leadership and new modalities, our commitment to rigorous scholarship, excellent instruction, and committed service remain. Noah represents the best of these commitments. Welcome aboard Noah!