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Joel Nathan Rosen

Joel RosenAssociate Professor of Sociology (2004) 

Education
  • B.S., Ohio State University
  • M.A. and M.A., University of Mississippi
  • Ph.D., University of Kent (United Kingdom)
Contact

Email: jrosen@moravian.edu
Phone: 610-861-7814
Office: PPHAC, Room 311
Personal website: www.joelnathanrosen.org

Areas of Research and/or Expertise

Sociology of sport; American popular music styles (ESP the blues and its related genres); moral panics in the media; American and African-American culture; the American South.

Biography

Joel Nathan Rosen is associate professor of sociology at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he coordinates the Africana studies program and serves as the founding co-director of the College’s Center for the Study of Media in Culture (CoSMiC). His research focuses primarily on the relationship between human activity and stratification as informed by cultural idioms such as music and sport. He is the author of The Erosion of the American Sporting Ethos: Shifting Attitudes toward Competition (McFarland) and From New Lanark to Mound Bayou: Owenism in the Mississippi Delta (Carolina Academic Press), is coeditor of and a contributor to both Reconstructing Fame: Sport, Race, and Evolving Reputations and Fame to Infamy: Race, Sport, and the Fall from Grace (University Press of Mississippi), and has been published in such varied journals and anthologies as The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, 2009-2010, The Sociology of Sport Journal, The Journal of Mundane Behavior, NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture, The Journal of Sport History, and Media History Monographs.

Select Publications
  • From New Lanark to Mound Bayou: Owenism in the Mississippi Delta (Carolina Academic Press)
  • Fame to Infamy: Race, Sport, and the Fall from Grace. Essays That Reveal the Public Slide into Disrepute of Once-Cherished Male Sport Icons. (University Press of Mississippi)
  • Reconstructing Fame: Race, Sport, and Evolving Reputations. The Redemption of Yesterday’s Villains, and What It Means for Today’s Athletes. (University Press of Mississippi)
  • The Erosion of American Sporting Ethos: Shifting Attitudes toward Competition (McFarland)
  • “Fandom, Failure, and Despair: An Introspective Look at Professional Baseball in Cleveland.”NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture.
  • “Self-Concept and the Discussion of Youth Sport – A Critique.”Journal of Mundane Behavior.
  • “All-Sports Radio: The Development of an Industry Niche.” Media History Monographs.
Recent Activities of Note

2010

  • Joel Nathan Rosen, associate professor of sociology, attended the 22nd Annual Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture held June 2-4 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. He presented "Playing in the Gray Area: Black Baseball and Its Jewish 'Middleman' Economy" with longtime collaborator Roberta J. Newman of NYU. Dr. Rosen also co-convened a panel on race, sport, and masculinity in anticipation of the forthcoming book, Fame to Infamy: Race, Sport, and the Fall from Grace (University Press of Mississippi, Fall 2010), co-edited by Dr. Rosen and David C. Ogden of the University of Nebraska—Omaha, their second such collaboration. It was also the fifth consecutive year in which Dr. Rosen's work was chosen for presentation in what is a rigorous double-blind selection process.
  • Joel Nathan Rosen, associate professor of sociology and director of the LVAIC Africana Consortium, co-authored and presented the paper "Black and White and Green All Over: Black Baseball and the Incursion of the Jewish, Ethnic Middleman Economy" with Roberta J. Newman of NYU at the 17th annual NINE Spring Training Conference in Tempe, Arizona, held earlier this month. It was the sixth collaboration between Rosen and Newman in anticipation of their larger work, The Post-'47 Challenge: The Desegregation of Negro League Baseball and the Decline of an Ethnic Economy (University Press of Mississippi, 2013). Funding for Rosen's trip was made possible through a generous award from the FDRC.
  • Joel Nathan Rosen, associate professor of sociology and director of the LVAIC Africana Consortium, published a review in the journal The Social Studies (Vol. 101, ISS 1, 2010: 34-35). Professor Rosen reviewed Global Perspectives in the Geography Curriculum: Reviewing the Moral Case for Geography by Alex Standish (Western Connecticut State University).
  • Joel Nathan Rosen, associate professor of sociology, was elected to the Board of Directors of WDIY, Lehigh Valley public radio.
  • A review blurb by Joel Nathan Rosen appeared on the jacket of Robert F. Lewis II's Smart Ball: Marketing the Myth and Managing the Reality of Major League Baseball (Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2010).

2009

  • Joel Nathan Rosen, associate professor of sociology, presented "Drawing the Battle Lines: The Desegregation of Major League Baseball and the Negro League Response" with co-author Roberta J. Newman of NYU at the annual American Studies Association Conference in Washington D.C., Nov. 5-8. The presentation was their fifth collaboration in preparation for their larger study titled The Post-'47 Challenge (University Press of Mississippi). Portions of his trip were funded by a generous award from FDRC.
  • In September, Professor Rosen presented a paper, "From the Top Down: Criminalizing Spectators and the Rule of Law inside America’s Ballparks," at the Penn State Lehigh Valley Faculty Invitational Lecture Series
    held at the Penn State University Lehigh Valley Campus in Center Valley, Pa.
  • A review by Joel Nathan Rosen, associate professor of sociology, appears in the Fall 2009 edition of  the Journal of Sport History. Professor Rosen reviewed Michael Ezra's Muhammed Ali: The Making of an Icon.
  • Joel Nathan Rosen, associate professor of sociology, co-authored and presented "Negro League Baseball's Daily Numbers" with Roberta J. Newman of New York University at the annual Coooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture in June. This was the fifth collaboration between Rosen and Newman in anticipation of their larger study, The Post-'47 Challenge: Negro League Baseball and the Decline of an Ethnic Economy to be published by the University Press of Mississippi. In November the pair will present "Drawing the Battle Lines: The Desegregation of Major League Baseball and the Negro League Response" at the annual American Studies Association Conference in Washington, D.C.
  • Joel Nathan Rosen, associate professor of sociology, and co-editor David C. Ogden, associate professor of communications at the University of Nebraska, discussed their new book Reconstructing Fame on two radio networks recently: NPR's "Only a Game" (January 17, 2009) and ESPN's "On the Border" (mid-December).