Ellen Staurowsky

Professor, Media Arts, Sciences and Studies

Ellen Staurowsky

Ellen Staurowsky

Ellen Staurowsky is internationally recognized as an expert on social justice issues in sport, which include gender equity and Title IX, pay equity and equal employment opportunity, college athletes’ rights and the exploitation of college athletes, the faculty role in reforming college sport, representation of women in sport media, and the misappropriation of American Indian imagery in sport. She is co-author of the book, "College Athletes for Hire: The Evolution and Legacy of the NCAA Amateur Myth" (Praeger Press) and editor and author of "Women and Sport: A Continuing Journey from Liberation to Celebration" (Human Kinetics Publishers).

Staurowsky has served as a research consultant to the National College Players Association, co-authoring several reports addressing issues regarding college football and basketball player value, including The $6 Billion Heist: Robbing College Athletes Under the Guise of Amateurism, TV Money Windfall in Big Time College Sports: $784 Million Reasons for Reform, The Price of Poverty: A Comparison of Big-Time College Athletes Fair Market Value, Their Current Compensation, and the U.S. Federal Poverty Line, and "An Examination of the Financial Shortfall for Athletes on Full Scholarship at NCAA Division I Institutions – 2009-2010."

As a researcher and advocate on behalf of women in sport, she is the lead author on the Women’s Sports Foundation’s comprehensive and expansive research report entitled "Her Life Depends on It: Sport and Physical Activity in the Lives of American Girls and Women" (second and third editions). She also co-authored WSF’s report on women in the college sport workplace entitled "Beyond X’s and O’s: Gender Bias and Coaches of Women’s Teams." And she was lead author on "Chasing Equity: The Triumphs, Challenges, and Opportunities in Sports for Girls and Women."

Research Focus

  • American Indian Imagery in Sport
  • Athletes' Rights
  • College Sport Reform
  • Gender Equity and Title IX
  • Pay Equity in Sport
  • Race Issues in Sport
  • Hazing & Sexual Assault


Temple University
PhD, Sport Management

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Audited classes in the fall of 1999 while on sabbatic leave. Took courses in tort law, criminal law, civil procedure, legal research and writing, contracts, and property.

Ithaca College
MS, Concentration in Sport Psychology/Teaching Pedagogy

Ursinus College
BS, Health & Physical Education