Quebec City & NASSS13


Just a glimpse at the cityscape in Quebec City…

More to follow on presenting, presiding, discussing, and developing new research ideas at the annual North American Society for the Sociology of Sport conference #NASSS13 here in Quebec City.

So far, it’s been two days of dynamic conversations, aggregating interest in various topics, and making use of my very dusty French language skills.

If you’re interested in fans and fan behaviors, come join us in the final session of the conference, 2:45-4:15, in the Ste-Foy Suite; many angles of participation and much chat about football (soccer) fans.

I can’t wait to learn more – see you there!

Keyword Round-up: July on

Another monthly round-up of my analytics, with increased visitors and a new paper release in July.

In July 2013, my profile and work entertained 214 “visits” in the form of page views. New visitors made up 156 of those visits—with seven returning visitors—and visitors came from 43 countries to view those pages.

Keywords by the Numbers
Sixteen keyword searches brought visitors to my pages in July. Twelve searches led to “Heroes & Zeroes” – all through Google searches. The searches from Google India, Google Australia, and Google UK (two) were ranked #1. Two searches led to “Changing the Game” and both were referred through Bing searches. One search led to “Arguably the Greatest” and one search to my profile; my profile ranked 13 in a Google search for my name “meghan ferriter.”

The searches that led visitors to “Changing the Game” concerned questions of race and ethnicity in sport. Six searches concerned the term “celebrity,” while three incorporated “narrative.” The term “athlete” also appeared in six searches.

Five searches were performed from the United States, with 2 searches each from the United Kingdom and Australia; all of these searches were performed using Google. The remaining searches were conducted from Argentina, Canada, Ethiopia, France, India, Philippines, and Romania.

Here are the search terms in full and Google search rank, if applicable, in parentheses:

  • celebrity retirement sport (1)
  • impact of celebrity footballers (1)
  • “e-mail addresses and screen names allow users to” (1)
  • narrative+on+how+he+becomes+an+athlete (1)
  • celebrity athlete career change (1)
  • 10 examples of heroic narrative (2)
  • journal entries, heroes and zeroes (2)
  • why are athletes and celebrities considered heroes (3)
  • cultivation of celebrity athletes (4)
  • “sociology of sport” athlete retirement (8)
  • narrative structure of sports reports (10)
  • retired athletes in public service (10)
  • meghan ferriter (13)
  • can an athlete be a celebrity (no rank)
  • ethnicity by professional sport (Bing)
  • what are the ideological discourses that position race in sport as a significant classification of people? (Bing)

As suggested in this article, there are limits to the truth of the alert e-mail subject line: “Someone searched for you”. In July, the more appropriate phrasing for me might be “someone discovered you,” with the exception of the search on my name.

Why Followers May Not Be As Important on, a.k.a “Feed vs. Followers”
I gained 9 followers in July, which pales by comparison to the volume of page views. At first glance, this would seem like a poor rate of conversion. Yet that interpretation depends on your goals on – in contrast with one’s purpose on other social networking sites. Here’s another way to spin the low(er) follower numbers: the structure of’s platform allows communities of interest to form around subject fields very easily.

This means researchers and users can create personalized feeds based on their researching interests rather than directly following everyone working in those fields. Indeed, in my case, my work spans several fields and only one of my papers may be useful or relevant to certain disciplines. Through this tagging feature of the platform, potential followers are still receiving word of relevant work by particular researchers through the feed – that is, if it that work is tagged with the research interests into which those potential followers have opted. Of course, I still actively follow researchers and welcome others to follow me, but I am more concerned that my research findings are useful!

Papers, Posts, and Page views
Right after the Wimbledon Championship Men’s final won by Andy Murray, I uploaded my chapter about discourses of age in professional sport titled “The Age Complex.”

During the event, I made a post (similar to a status update) referencing my research. The paper is one of my thesis chapters and explores “age” as a social construction in newspaper media representations of professional football and tennis. Mediated sport discourses of international, professional sport offer a landscape constructed by, and consistently reframed by, age-related discourses that intersect with other aspects of identity – ‘race,’ ethnicity, gender, and sexuality – to create and reinforce inequality. For this reason, discourses of sport are excellent sites to examine age-related hierarchies; we can analyze them to better understand the ways in which age is a cultural resource informing broader relationships of power.

The addition of “The Age Complex” paper had a significant impact on page views in July.  Here are the breakdowns of what visitors viewed:



Age Complex 111
Heroes & Zeroes 28
The Stories They Tell 15
Changing the Game (intro thesis chapter) 3
Arguably the Greatest 1



Profile 48
Posts 3
Following 2
CV 1

My M.A. thesis (dissertation) didn’t receive any views this month, while Arguably the Greatest” only garnered one view. This suggests I may need to rethink the research interests with which these pieces are tagged and perhaps create status posts or discussion questions about their content to generate more traffic.

Referrals and Visitors
This month, I found interesting conclusions from the referrals. Continuing the trend from late June, 13 visits were referred by the blog post in which I was featured. Twenty-three visits were referred by – whether from the feed, from documents in various subjects, or from the Smithsonian Institution Archives Department page, with which I am affiliated. Search engines referred 31 visitors – a combination of the above-mentioned searches and other mail and search engines. Two referrals came through Facebook, which was most intriguing! Finally, there was one visit each from my blog and the status post during Murray’s Wimbledon Championships victory. Over 100 visits offered no referral information.

For the most part, these referrals are pushing traffic from within and through the platform. The next challenge will be to move visitors from other places in which I digitally reside, perhaps from LinkedIn, Twitter, or more traffic from this site.

Once again, English-speaking western countries led the way for visitors. Yet the numbers were much different and more widely spread than June. Fewer visits from the United States and Ireland but more from the UK. Countries like Australia, Spain, Germany, Sweden and India moved into the top spots.

The following table presents top countries by views:

United States 45
United Kingdom 40
Australia 18
Spain 12
Argentina 8
Germany 8
Sweden 8
India 7

I’ll wrap up these numbers with a quick consideration of visitor pathing or movement between my pages. Most visitors viewed one page but some viewed two separate pages. Visitors who viewed more than one page were likely to move from a paper to my profile or from my profile to an additional page.

Three visitors landed on “The Stories They Tell” and moved to my profile page. One visitor each moved from my profile to my post, from my profile to my CV, and from my profile to “Changing the Game,” my introductory thesis chapter. Finally, five visitors moved from “The Age Complex” to my profile page; one visitor moved from “The Age Complex” to my profile page and back to “The Age Complex” – twice.

Linking a paper with a trending event via a post certainly drove a great amount of traffic to my paper “The Age Complex.” If opportunity presents itself, or if there are upcoming events relating to your work, consider directing people to your work via the feed by way of status update posts.

Most traffic to my work is internal from the platform, although I did have increased traffic from search engines in July. This finding suggests that there is indeed a community of scholars at work on

Total visits (in the form of page views) to my work and pages increased from May to July by over 500% – from 40 to 214 visits/views. It remains to be seen whether or not those views are “meaningful” – in the sense of whether or not the research I am sharing is useful for other researchers in my communities of interest on

In summary: once again, keywords brought people in relation to celebrity, athletes and narrative. An additional paper coordinated with an event drove increases in visitors and doubled the previous month’s visits (June to July). Overall, this data can be useful in timing the release of my work, understanding existing audiences, and identifying which research interests I should better cultivate for increased visitor engagement.

Stay tuned for intriguing changes in August traffic in the next Keyword round up.

Researching the Invisible

Research can present some interesting challenges – and many times those challenges become unanticipated opportunities…

Early into my phase I doctoral work, I slumped into a chair in my supervisor’s corner office overlooking Glasgow’s West End. I’d been exploring sports marketing campaigns and anticipating clearly identifiable stereotypes, or more specifically: racialized and gendered representations. When I “read” the material critically, these relationships were there. Yet, specific examples seemed difficult to pin down – as though some of what I’d remembered from previous views and initial readings of these advertising campaigns was never there in the first place. Even worse, it was difficult to tell if there were any campaigns related to women athletes at all.

My then-supervisor offered rare soothing and sage words: “…sometimes what’s not there is just as important—if not more so—than what IS there.” Although I knew that many materials and social relationships are erased from historical accounts, I had not considered exploring the process in relation to how marketing narratives obscure social relationships. More importantly though, I had not seen the opportunities to explore data “in the negative.”

Suddenly, I could see a much wider and more detailed field! In considering what was not there, decision-making and social hierarchies leaped off the pages and video over which I had been poring. Thinking critically and carefully about research data offers opportunities to assess explicit and implicit social patterns.

Recognizing the opportunities inherent in researching challenges: tracking the ghosts of social relationships

Yesterday, my boss demonstrated the ways SIA digitized collections offer insights into what I’d like to call “invisible social relationships”. For example, researchers—such as those whose notebooks are included in the Field Book project—may have detailed their scientific progress in identifying species and practices conducting research in the field in certain geographic regions. Yet, these field books might not specifically speak to daily or repeating patterns, such as social relationships established between the researchers and local and state political figures in these regions.

If one reads merely the available written text, that is, he or she risks obscuring part of the story; this narrative gap becomes clear, for example, once a corresponding set of data is included: such as images of events a scientist attended. In photographic evidence and media coverage of these events, invisible social relationships that relate to the research practices begin to emerge. These could be benefactors or benefitters from research, or cultural or political allies who are unaffiliated with the research interests of the researcher, or even conspicuous absences even in the photographic material that can tell us more about the invisible social relationships and exchanges. That is to say, the research itself may have had official and unofficial agenda, so the official agenda would be demonstrated in field book records, but secondary, unofficial agenda might be “in the negative” or only determined through several steps of inference. Current researchers might be able to better capture this information and analyze these relationships, if these researchers were able to stay aware and anticipate the opportunities they might come across while doing related subject matter research in archival data.

Invisible social relationships online

Researching in the digital space offers similar challenges with benefits. Within my current research into communication within a sports fandom online, relationships are built in virtual space but they are also obscured within this space. It can be difficult to track “correspondence” between users, especially as communications may be deleted or altered. Careful observation of posts and communication via notes and tags can tell the story of much richer and more complex social relationships – patterns emerging out of what IS said that allow one to identify what is not said to highlight social relationships in the digital space.

Additionally, Invisible social relationships become apparent as one explores patterns of communication within certain virtual spaces, even when there may not be direct communication. Indeed, a second level of invisible social relationships is sometimes proposed by members of the fandom – relationships demonstrated through lack of communication, such as “silence on the line” on twitter or indirect recognition (not mentioning person A but mentioning person B with whom person A spends a great deal of time, etc).


Can you think of an example of people you know IRL (in real life), who know each other, yet whose social relationships might not be discernible from their communication strategies on-line? In what ways could future researchers trace your life and invisible social relationships that are not foregrounded in your own use of digital/social media tools and technologies? What kinds of opportunities might emerge from the challenges you have encountered if/when/in researching on- and off-line?


Image credit to: Keith Edkins [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (] (via Wikimedia Commons)

CV – Meghan M. Ferriter, Ph.D.


Curriculum Vitae

12 June 2016

Twitter: @MeghaninMotion

2014-2016           Project Coordinator, Smithsonian Transcription Center – Quotient, Inc. on behalf of Smithsonian Institution Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) – Washington, D.C.

2014-2015           Adjunct Faculty – George Mason University – School of Recreation, Health & Tourism – Fairfax, VA

2013           Consultant – Smithsonian Institution – Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) – Washington, D.C.

2013           Research Associate – Smithsonian Institution Archives – Washington, D.C.

2008-2010  Teaching Fellow – University of Abertay Dundee – Division of Sport and Exercise Sciences – Dundee, UK

Ph.D.  SOCIOLOGY – (2011) University of Glasgow – Department of Sociology                    ‘Changing the Game? Gender, Ethnicity and Age in Mediated Professional Sport’ Exploring in what ways the cultural meanings of professional sport associated with gender, ethnicity, and age as presented in the media changed in the United Kingdom and the United States in the context of international social processes.

MA      HISTORY – (2005) – Old Dominion University – Department of History – ‘The Sharper Image: Bringing Irish Nationalist Identity Into Focus, 1880-1923’

BA       ANTHROPOLOGY and HISTORY (double) – (2003) – Davidson College – Departments of Anthropology and History


My primary research interest lies in exploring the intersection and amplification of cultural beliefs and media discourse and digital and communication technologies – and ways groups create learning moments about social relationships, cultural norms, and power through these activities. I explore these topics analyzing collaborative production of knowledge in crowdsourcing and information sharing in communities of practice in social media. I currently have focused research interests in digital media and communication technologies, computer-mediated communication and participatory culture, and the diffusion of knowledge through linked technologies. My work examines social identities and boundaries; processes of cultural change; language, representation, and discourse; and sport and popular culture; and motivations and authority in cultural heritage and citizen science activities.

Journal Articles

Ferriter, M (2016, forthcoming). “Inviting Engagement, Supporting Success: How to Manage a Transcription Center.” In “Exploring the Smithsonian Institution Transcription Center” guest edited by Meghan Ferriter and Christine Rosenfeld. Collections: A Journal for Museum & Archives Professionals 12:02 (Spring 2016).

Ferriter, M. (2009). Arguably the Greatest: Sport Fans and Communities at Work on Wikipedia. Sociology of Sport Journal 26(1): 127-154.

Ferriter, M. (July 2008). Heroes and Zeroes: Extending celebrity sporting narratives beyond retirement. Football Studies 10(1/2). Formerly available at – currently at

Book Chapters

Ferriter, M. (2016, forthcoming) Chapter: Race, Ethnicity, Anthropology, and Sport. Routledge Handbook of Race and Ethnicity in Sport. London: Routledge. Forthcoming, Autumn 2016

Journal Issues – Editor

Special Issue: Smithsonian Transcription Center – Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals 12:02 (Spring 2016)

Book Reviews
Ferriter, M. (2008). The Anthropology of Development and Globalization. The Kelvingrove Review 2: 1-5. Accessible at

Conference & Workshop Activity

2016    DH2016 Expert Workshop Organizer: Beyond The Basics: What Next For Crowdsourcing? Preconference – Digital Humanities 2016 – Krakow, Poland – 12 July 2016

2016    DPLAfest 2016 – Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. – 14 April 2016 – Transcription Projects at the National Archives, Folger Shakespeare Library, and Smithsonian Institution Workshop

2016    South By Southwest Interactive (SXSW) 2016 – Art, Science & Interactive – Austin, TX – 12 March 2016 – Build the Crowdsourcing Community of Your Dreams

2016    American Association for the Advancement of Science – AAAS Annual Meeting – Washington, DC – 14 February 2016 – Poster: The Impact of Coordinated Social Media on Online Citizen Science Engagement

2015    Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference – Try It, You’ll Like It: A Hands-On Crowdsourcing Q&A – Roanoke, VA – 8 October 2015 – Dig In! Crowdsourcing and Access in the Archives with the Smithsonian Transcription Center

2015    MicroPasts Workshop – London, UK (virtual presentation) – 23 September 2015 – For Good Measure: Evaluating Success in Crowdsourcing

2015    Archival Education Research Institute 2015 – 16 July 2015 – College Park, MD – Keynote: Product or Process?: Creating Pathways and Catalyzing Adventure in the Archives with the Smithsonian Transcription Center

2015    Crowd Consortium of Libraries and Archives – College Park, Maryland – 07 May 2015 – Three Challenges to Scholarly Crowdsourcing: Trust, Workflow, Acknowledgement

2015    MicroPasts Workshop – London, UK (virtual presentation) – 31 March 2015 – Experiences from the Smithsonian Transcription Center

2014    American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting 2014 – Washington, DC – 2-6 December 2014. Discussant: Producing Anthropology, Producing Science: Citizen Science and Emerging Problematics – 04 December 2014

2014    American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting 2014 – Washington, DC – 2-6 December 2014. Panelist: Emerging Topics in Virtual Anthropology – Wait! What?! Rapidly Producing Knowledge, Sharing, and Seeking Consensus in Online Fandom – 05 December 2014

2014    North American Association for the Sociology of Sport – Annual Conference – Portland, OR – 06 November 2014 – Inside Access & Player Praxis: Doing Social Media, Fans, and Constructing Knowledge

2014    Smithsonian DigiFair 2014 – Smithsonian Institution – Washington, DC – 03 November 2014 – Digitization Makes a Transcription Center Possible

2014    Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting – Washington, DC – 15 August 2014 – Panelist: For the Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge: Achieving the Smithsonian Institution’s Mission Through Crowd-sourced Transcription.

2014    Lavender Languages 21 – American University – 15 February 2014. Is it “About Time” or a “Fantasy World”: Fans, Discourse, and Deciding if “Coming Out Matters” in Women’s Soccer

2013    Lavender Languages 20 – American University – 17 February 2013. ‘“Aslkjflkh,” “Hnnggg,” and “All the Feels”: Expressing admiration, desire, and insider knowledges in the USWNT fandom.’

2012    8th US-Japan Critical Infrastructure Protection Forum – Washington, D.C. – 29-30 December 2012 – Rapporteur

2012    UserFocus (Annual Conference) – User Experience Professional Association (UXPA)-DC – Washington, D.C. – 19 October 2012 – Participant

2012    CultureCamp DC – Alexandria, V.A. – 15 September 2012 – Panel Organizer/Moderator: “Add it Up: Developing Metrics to Assess Cultural Change” (45 min workshop)

2012    MobileUXCamp DC – Washington, D.C. – 14 August 2012 – Participant

2009    Knowledge Exchange on Public Policy – Promoting Best Practice on Equality and Human Rights in Scotland (Scottish Funding Council KE) – University of Edinburgh – Edinburgh, UK – 17 June 2009 – Rapporteur

2009    Knowledge Exchange On Public Policy – What does Human Rights have to say about Care and Dignity? (Scottish Funding Council KE) – Park Inn Hotel – Glasgow, UK – 29 April 2009 – Rapporteur

2009    Knowledge Exchange On Public Policy – Dimensions Of Persistent Inequality In Scotland (Scottish Funding Council KE) – Park Inn Hotel – Glasgow, UK – 15 January 2009 – Rapporteur

2008    British Philosophy of Sport Conference – Dudhope Castle, Dundee, UK – University of Abertay Dundee – March 26-28, 2009 – Administrative Research and Marketing Contact

2007    The Global Politics of LGBT Human Rights – University of Glasgow – Glasgow, UK – 16 November 2007 – Conference Paige

2007    Multinational Interagency Strategic Planning (MNISP) Workshop – Paris, France – Multinational Experimentation Series 5 – 19-24 April 2007 – Focus Group Leader, and Rapporteur

2006    Multinational Interagency Group (MNIG) Workshop – George Mason University and Peace Operations Policy Program, Arlington, Virginia, USA, 20-21 June 2006 – Rapporteur

2006    Multinational Experimentation (MNE) Series 5 Pre-Concept Development Conference– George Mason University and Peace Operations Policy Program, Arlington, Virginia, USA, 22-23 June 2006 – Rapporteur

Invited Talks

2016    Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections – WeDigBio 2016 Planning Workshop – Smithsonian Transcription Center & WeDigBio 2015: Online, In Person, & #BeeByBee – 20 April 2016

2016    CitSciChat – Twitter – Opening Access with Citizen Science: In a Word – Hosted by @CitSciScoop #CitSciChat – 24 February 2016

2016    Georgetown University – Museums & New Media – Washington, DC – 31 March 2016 – Smithsonian Transcription Center: Collaborating with Digital Volunteers to make Smithsonian Institution collections more accessible

2016    Federal Crowdsourcing & Citizen Science Community of Practice – Monthly Working Group – National Archives & Records Administration – 31 March 2016 – Feeding the Beast: Sustaining Volunteers and Staff in the Smithsonian Transcription Center

2016    George Washington University – Participatory Museums– Washington, DC – 30 March 2016 – Smithsonian Transcription Center: Supporting Digital Volunteers and enriching Smithsonian Institution collections

2015    CitSciChat – Twitter – Launching the Federal Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing Toolkit – Hosted by @CitSciScoop #CitSciChat – 30 September 2015

2015    Environmental Protection Agency – Citizen Science Working Group – Washington, DC – 22 April 2015 – Sowing the Seeds: Enriching Collections and Making Connections in the Smithsonian Transcription Center

2015    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum – Public Engagement Working Group – Washington, DC – Experiences from the Smithsonian Transcription Center – 09 March 2015

2015    George Washington University – Digital Humanities and the Historian – HIST 3001-014 – 07 February 2014 – Engaging Discovery with Smithsonian Institution Transcription Center and Digital Volunteers.

2014    George Washington University – Digital Humanities and the Historian – HIST 3001-014 – 07 February 2014 – All Together Now: Smithsonian Institution Transcription Center and Engaging Digital Volunteers.

2008    University of Stirling – Sports Studies Department – Research Seminars in Sport Series 2007-2008 – 20 March 2008 – ‘Reading the Game: A Comparative Analysis of UK and US Athletes, Teams, and Sport Narratives.’

2008    University of Glasgow – Sociology, Anthropology, and Applied Social Sciences Seminar Series 2007-2008 – 08 March 2008 – ‘The Stories They Tell: The FIFA World Cup and Sport Advertising Narratives in the 21st Century.’

White Papers
Ferriter, M. (Feb 2007) ‘Civilian-Military Interaction White Paper.’ – Contracted research, examined five overarching themes contributing to ineffective communication patterns between military and government civilian representatives.

Ferriter, M. (July 2007) ‘Civil-Military Communication – Multinational Experimentation Series 5 (MNE5)/ Multinational Interagency Strategic Planning’ (MNISP).’ – Contracted research, evaluated multinational government civilian and military representatives and their efforts to create a basic tool for strategic planning and communications during times of crisis; made recommendations to relieve tensions in these discussions and improve the scope of communication.

Service Activity

2016    Program Committee (PC) for the 2016 AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing (HCOMP’16)

2016    Review Panel, Institute for Museums and Libraries Services, National Digital Platform

2014-2016       Editorial Board Member – SportsWorld: The Journal of Global Sport

Courses Taught

Sport in the Global Marketplace, Sport and International Development, Introduction to Sociology and Anthropology – Level 1, United States in a World Setting, Introduction to the Social Science of Sport and Exercise 1, Investigation in Sport and Exercise, Contexts in Sport I & II, Introduction to Research Methods, Research Methods II & III, The Coaching Process, Coaching Practice, Lifestyle Behaviour and Health Change

Teaching Roles
George Mason University – School of Recreation, Health, & Tourism – Fairfax, VA

2014-2015         Adjunct Professor

Sport Management M.S. Program – In-person and online courses: Sport in the Global Marketplace; Sport and International Development

University of Abertay Dundee – Division of Sport & Exercise Sciences – Dundee, UK

2009-2010       Module Tutor (Instructor of Record) – Contexts in Sport II
Prepared syllabus, devised learning outcomes, and course materials; Recruited and scheduled visiting and internal lecturers, coordinated tutors and practical leaders, devised schedule for assessment, and collated and submitted marks, as well as coordinated Active Schools placements with students and Active Schools team, planned to OHS guidelines

2009-2010       Year Two Tutor –
Stewardship of second year students – responsible for managing all timetable conflicts, enquiries, and needs of second year students across programs of study in the Division of Sport and Exercise Sciences

2008-2010       Teaching Fellow –
Supervised four honors undergraduate dissertation research students; advised on five third year research proposals; Second marker for three additional honors dissertations; Over 20 lectures on sociological and cultural aspects of sport, media and qualitative research methods; further lectures on vital academic skills including personal development planning, self-management and group working; Formally given lead in external marketing including new media and internet presence for the Division in June 2009; Exam invigilation

University of Glasgow – Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Applied Social Sciences – Glasgow, UK

2006-2008       Tutor, Level 1 Sociology and Anthropology – University of Glasgow

2008                Taster Week – University of Glasgow – 02-06 June 2008 – Lecturer (Introduction to Sociology) and Program Escort

2006-2008       Tutor Training University of Glasgow Graduate Teaching Seminar Series

Old Dominion University – Department of History – Norfolk, VA

2004                Graduate Teaching Assistant – History 104 – United States in a World Setting      

2004                Research Intern – Joint Advanced Warfighting School – Joint Forces Staff College – Norfolk, VA

2003                Legal Research Intern – Neasham & Kramer, LLP – Fair Oaks, CA

1999-2001       Research Librarian – Davidson College Interlibrary Loan – Davidson, NC

2009            Glasgow University Sports Association (GUSA) – Blues (Honors) – Award for Outstanding Performance and Service to Glasgow University Sport, Glasgow, UK

2005-2010       Glasgow University Women’s Football Club, British Universities Sports Association/Scottish Universities Sports – University of Glasgow – Glasgow, UK – Starting Midfielder and Defender (2005-2010), Captain (2006-2008), Manager (2006-2008), GUSA Representative (2005-2009), Player of the Year (2009), Blues Honors (2009)

2006           Departmental Away Trip, Largs – Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Applied Social Sciences – University of Glasgow – Largs, UK – 14 October 2006 – Panel presentation: Marketing the “Global Game:” Identity at Play

2003-2005       Old Dominion Women’s Club Soccer – Old Dominion University – Norfolk, VA – Starting Central Midfielder, Captain/Coach (2004-2005)

2001                University College Cork Ladies Soccer Club – A Team – University College Cork – Cork, Ireland – Starting Central Midfielder

2000                College Communications – Davidson College – Davidson, NC – Media Relations photographer and reporter

2000-2003       Connor House (Social Eating House) – Davidson College – Davidson, NC – Member (2000-2003), Kitchen Manager (2001)

1999-2003       Davidson College Women’s Soccer Team – Division I Soccer – Davidson College – Davidson, NC – Player, Varsity Lettered (2000-2003)

1999-2003       WALT 1610 AM, Davidson College Radio – Davidson College – Davidson, NC – Committee Board Member (2000-2003) & Disc Jockey

2013-               Wikimedia DC – Member – Leader and Participant for multiple Wikipedia edit-a-thons focusing on GLAM-wiki initiatives and collaboration

2012                Boo at the Zoo (Halloween Trick-or-Treating) – National Zoo – Washington, DC – Volunteer (Jedi)

2010-2011       Scottish Women’s Football Administrative Offices, Hampden Stadium – Glasgow, UK – Electronic Registrations Content Manager and Consultant – Oversaw population of new electronic registrations database; Created Club Resource Pack and Registrations Guide (digital and hard copy, indexed, 10,000 words)

2009-2010       Queens Park Ladies Football Club – Scottish Women’s Football League, First Division – Glasgow, UK – Captain, Player of the Year (2009), Board Advisor for recruitment and player pathways (2009)

2007-2009       Glasgow University Women’s Football Club – Scottish Women’s Football League Third Division – Glasgow, UK – Starting Midfielder, Captain (07-2009)

2004-2005       Athletic Club Norfolk (Soccer Club) – Norfolk, VA – Girls’ Technical Director (Program Director) – created and staffed teams, recruited players, organized league and tournament entry, devised training philosophy and program

2000-2001       Radio Disc Jockey – ROCK 103, Columbus, GA

Other Employment Experience
2013                Data and Online Analytics Intern, Central Communications – Brookings Institution – Washington, D.C.

2012                Independent Consultant (Social Media Analytics) – Courage Services, Inc. – Ballston, VA

2006-2008       Anthropologist & Analyst – General Dynamics-AIS – Joint Forces Command J-9 – Interagency Group– Suffolk, VA


Project Management and Engaging Communities of Practice

  • Applied project management skills in a variety of fields, including contract, consulting, doctoral, and masters research and analysis
  • Conducted phased research, landscape surveys, ethnography, and foundational work to authored recommendations for business objectives, reported findings and conclusions in dissertation defense, and created engaging and thoughtful lectures while teaching
  • Communicating findings professionally multiple sectors and stakeholders: public, private, military, cultural heritage, academic
  • Guided numerous organizations through change management lifecycle; creating documentation, protocols, review processes, and accountability structures
  • Flexible problem-solving through research project design and management including data collection and analysis, 
budgeting, and adapting to evolving research requirements
  • Applied use of qualitative and quantitative methods including ethnography, observation, focus groups, interviews, surveys, discourse analysis, analytics;
  • Experience with Agile and waterfall methodologies, currently blending approaches using JIRA, Confluence, Slack
  • Knowledge and use of HTML/HTML5/CSS, database management, Omniture/Site Catalyst, Google Analytics, Microsoft Office, Windows/MAC OS X, Google Docs, CMS including Drupal, WordPress, Weebly; SPSS, NVivo, EndNote, Zotero, and wikis; basic working knowledge: Smithsonian Institution Research Information System/Horizon, Mimsy XG, The Museum System (TMS), EMu, Archivists Toolkit, Smithsonian Insitution DAMS
  • Identified trends and generated insights on use, structures, features, language, and cultural communication patterns of Tumblr, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, WordPress/Blogger, and Wikipedia, as well as virtual learning environments Blackboard & Moodle

French – Proficiency: Basic

American Anthropological Association                                              Professional Member (2013-2014)
American Sociological Association                                                    Professional Member (2013-2014)
International Association for Communication and Sport                   Professional Member (2013-2104)
North American Society for the Sociology of Sport                           Professional Member (2013)
User Experience Professionals Association, DC Metro Ch.               Member (2012-)
North American Society for the Sociology of Sport                           Student Member (2008-2011)
International Sociology of Sport Association                                     Student Member (2009-2011)
The Institute for Sport, Parks, and Leisure                                         Student Member (2008-2010)