Prof. Susan BROWNELL

Prof. Susan BROWNELL
Full Name
Prof. Susan BROWNELL
Date of birth
University of Missouri - St. Louis, Dpt of History
Prof. Susan BROWNELL

Department of History, University of Missouri-St. Louis


1990 Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara, in Cultural Anthropology Dissertation on The Olympic Movement on its Way into Chinese Culture


1994-present         University of Missouri, St. Louis, Department of History (2022-present)
                                Department of Anthropology (1994-2022)
2023-present,        University of Missouri Curators’ Distinguished Professor
2008-present,        Professor
1998-2008,            Associate Professor
1994-1998,            Assistant Professor
January-July          Heidelberg University (Germany), Guest Professor, Institute for China Studies and
2015                       Centre for Transcultural Studies, funded by Cluster of Excellence Asia-Europe
Fall 2014                Yale University, Visiting Professor, Department of Anthropology and Council on
                                East Asian Studies
May-August           Fudan University (Shanghai), Special Appointment Professor, International M.A. in
2010                       China Studies, Cultural Anthropology Studies Center
2007-2008             Beijing Sport University, Fulbright Senior Researcher & Guest Professor, Olympic
                               Studies Centre
Fall 2000                Yale University, Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and
                               Council on East Asian Studies
1992-1993             Yale University, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology and
                               Council on East Asian Studies


2022-      Member, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations
2018        University of Missouri System President’s Award for Service – Citizenship and Leadership
2015        Chancellor’s Award for Research and Creativity, University of Missouri-St. Louis.
2009       Best Anthology Award of the North American Society for Sport History for Susan Brownell,
                ed., The 1904 Anthropology Days and Olympic Games: Sport, Race and American
                Imperialism (University of Nebraska Press, 2008)


Susan Brownell, “Politicians Should Stop Wasting Time on Doomed Olympic Boycotts,” Al Jazeera
online, February 26, 2022.
Susan Brownell, “Beijing’s Olympic Redux,” The Diplomat [online e-journal], February 1, 2022.
Susan Brownell, “The Olympics Return to Beijing: A ChinaFile Conversation,” The China File, January 28, 2022.

Niko Besnier, Susan Brownell, and Thomas F. Carter, The Anthropology of Sport: Bodies, Borders, Biopolitics (Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2018). Spanish translation, Buenos Aires: Siglo XXI Editores (2018); French translation, Paris: Éditions de la rue d’Ulm (2020);
Japanese translation, Tokyo: Kyōwakoku (2020).
Susan Brownell, “The View from China: Accepting Olympism, Rejecting Human Rights,” in The Morality of Global Sport: From Peace to Human Rights, ed. Barbara J. Keys (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019), 178-99.
Susan Brownell, “Sport since 1750,” in The Cambridge History of the World, Merry Wiesner-Hanks, editor-in-chief, vols. 8 and 9: Production, Connection, and Destruction, 1750-present, ed. Kenneth Pomeranz and J.R. McNeill (Cambridge University Press, 2015), 225-48.
Susan Brownell, “Why 1984 Medalist Li Ning Lit the Flame at the Beijing 2008 Olympics: The Contribution of the Los Angeles Olympics to China's Market Reforms,” International Journal of the History of Sport 32(1)(2015): 128-143.
Susan Brownell, “The Olympic Public Sphere: The London and Beijing Opening Ceremonies as Representative of Political Systems,” International Journal of the History of Sport 30(11)(2013):1315-27.
Niko Besnier and Susan Brownell, “Sport, Modernity, and the Body,” Annual Review of Anthropology 41(October 2012): 443-459.
Susan Brownell, “Human Rights and the Beijing Olympics: Imagined Global Community and the Transnational Public Sphere,” British Journal of Sociology 63(2)(2012): 306-27.
Susan Brownell, “Beijing’s Olympic Education Program: Re-Thinking Suzhi Education, Re-Imagining an International China,” China Quarterly, vol. 197(2009): 44-63.
Susan Brownell, Beijing’s Games: What the Olympics Mean to China (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2008a).
Susan Brownell, The 1904 Anthropology Days and Olympic Games: Race, Sports, and American Imperialism (Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press 2008b).
Susan Brownell, Training the Body for China: Sports in the Moral Order of the People's Republic (Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press, 1995).
William Kelly and Susan Brownell, eds., The Olympics in East Asia: Nationalism, Regionalism, and Globalism on the Center Stage of World Sports (New Haven, CT: Yale Council on East Asian Studies Monograph Series, 2011).
Susan Brownell, ed., The 1904 Anthropology Days and Olympic Games (Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2008).
Susan Brownell, “‘Sport and Politics Don’t Mix’: China’s Relationship with the IOC during the Cold War,” in East Plays West: Essays on Sport and the Cold War, ed. Stephen Wagg and David Andrews (New York: Routledge, 2007), 261-78.
Translated from Chinese into English by Susan Brownell: Liang Lijuan, He Zhenliang and China’s Olympic Dream (Beijing: Foreign Languages Press, 2007).
Susan Brownell and Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, eds., Chinese Femininities/Chinese Masculinities: A Reader (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2002).

Special Journal Issue Edited
Richard Giulianotti and Susan Brownell, eds., British Journal of Sociology Special Issue on “Olympic and World Sport: Making Transnational Society?,” June 2012, vol. 63, no. 2.


2018         Co-organized workshop of 12 international scholars on “Sport Mega-Events and InterAsian Interactions,” with Gwang Ok, Chungbuk National University                  (Korea), for InterAsian Connections Conference (Social Sciences Research Council with Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences), Hanoi and Ninh Binh,                  Vietnam, December 3-7.
2011         Olympic Chair Henri de Baillet-Latour and Jacques Rogge, University of Ghent and Catholic University of Louvain, March 26 to April 2, 2011. Two keynotes and                  four invited lectures delivered to the public, faculty, and students during the week

2008         “Western-centrism in Olympic Studies and its Consequences in the 2008 Beijing Olympics,” 18th Earle F. Zeigler Lecture – Keynote Address, “Pathways:                   Critiques and Discourses in Olympic Research, 9th International Symposium for Olympic Research of the International Olympic Studies Centre of the University                  of Western Ontario, Beijing, China, August 7.
2007         International Chair in Olympism 2007, Olympic Studies Centre, Autonomous University of Barcelona. Inaugural Lecture of the CEO-UAB 2007/08 academic                  year, organized in collaboration with the General Secretary of Sport of the Generalitat of Catalunya. November 19-22.
2007/8     “From Athens to Beijing: West meets East in the Olympic Games.” A series of three
                  academic conferences at University of Missouri-St. Louis (USA), Beijing Sport University (China), University of the Peloponnese-Corinth and International                  Olympic Academy (Greee). Funding from Costamare Shipping Company, S.A


Mandarin Chinese, spoken and written – fluent
German – proficient
Latin – reading knowledge