Joanna Line

Assistant Professor of Sport Management

Joanna Line


Jo Line studies sport from a feminist cultural studies perspective with the aim of helping teams maximize their collective capacity. She is particularly passionate about coach education, to enable coaches to foster inclusive and collaborative teams on which all members can thrive within and beyond sport. Jo’s work is informed by her experience coaching Division I, Division III, and USCAA cross country and track and field programs and community running programs. She also was a college athlete and earned seven NCAA All-American honors in cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track during her tenure at Oberlin College. After graduating from Oberlin, Jo was awarded a Watson Fellowship to explore the experiences of women runners in different cultural contexts. She trained and competed with teams around the world in countries including Ethiopia, France, Norway, and Singapore.


  • Ph.D., American Culture Studies (Ethnicity, Gender, and Social Identities), Bowling Green State University
  • Women’s Studies Graduate Certificate, Bowling Green State University
  • M.S., Exercise and Sport Studies, Smith College
  • B.A., Biology & French, Oberlin College

Research Interests

Inclusive leadership development in college sport, social justice through sport, allyship in research. 

Selected Publications

Line, J. (2022). Using a feminist approach to leadership education to promote coaction among women collegiate student-athletes. In K. N. Lavenia & J. J. May (Eds.), Case studies in leadership and adult development: Applying theoretical perspectives to real-world challenges. Routledge. View Link

Line, J. (forthcoming). Leadership. In D. Tod, K. Hodge, & V. Krane (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Applied Sport Psychology (2nd ed.). Routledge.

Fun Facts

Jo continues to train and compete in road and trail races, ranging in distance from 5k to marathon. Jo is an Adidas x Athlete Ally Research Fellow. Her primary responsibility in this role is to serve as a consultant for college athletic departments to assess and develop their policies and practices to support LGBTQ+ athletes and staff.