Mark S. Dyreson 

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Professor of Kinesiology

Contact Information

268S Recreation Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-865-1275

Research Interests

History of sport and culture in the modern world with particular emphasis on the late nineteenth- and twentieth-century United States. Specific research concentrates on the role of sport in the creation of modern societies. 


Ph.D., 1989, History, University of Arizona


  • History of sport
  • social and cultural dynamics of human movement
  • Race, ethnicity, gender, and sport

Selected Publications

Mark Dyreson. “Mapping an Empire of Baseball: American Visions of National Pastimes and Global Influence, 1919-1941.” The winner of the nationwide Webb-Smith historical essay contest, published in Baseball in America and America in Baseball. Donald Kyle and Robert R. Fairbanks, editors, pp. 143-188. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2008.

Mark Dyreson. Crafting Patriotism: America at the Olympic Games. London: Routledge, 2008.

Mark Dyreson. Making the American Team: Sport, Culture and the Olympic Experience. Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 1998.

Strategic Themes

  • Contexts and Social Institutions