Ken Muir, Ph.D.

Dr. Ken Muir joined the faculty at Appalachian State University in 1998.  After receiving two Master’s degrees from the University of Florida in journalism and mass communication (1985), he received his Ph.D. in sociology from Virginia Tech (1992) and served as a visiting professor at West Virginia University and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.  His research interests are in sociology of sport and how sexual/gender identity impacts men and women and their participation in sport.  Muir is the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship award (2006) and also has been appointed Visiting Professor and Research Fellow at the University of Winchester (UK, 2017).

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Sociology of Sport
  • Popular Culture
  • Sociology of Media
  • Contemporary Social Issues
  • Contemporary Theory
  • Race and Minority Relations

Research Interests

  • Sociology of Sport
  • Sociology of Media
  • Popular Culture


Forthcoming.    Muir, Ken, Eric Anderson, Keith Parry, and David Letts.  A Matter of Safety: Gay Rugby Clubs in the UK.  Forthcoming,  Journal of Sport Sociology.

Muir, Ken, Eric Anderson, Keith Parry.  “Masculinity and Inclusive Rugby in the United Kingdom.”  Handbook of Masculinity in Sport , edited by Rory Mcgrath and Eric Anderson.  Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. 2020

Muir, Ken, Eric Anderson, Keith Parry.  The Changing Nature of Gay Rugby Clubs in the UK. (revise and resubmit, European Journal for Sport and Society.) 2020

 Muir, Kenneth B. “A Fifty-Year Retrospective on the Civil Rights Editorials of Ralph McGill.”  Under review, Sociation Today. 2019

 Muir, Ken.  “Hanging With the Boys: Struggling for Identity in Women’s Rugby.” Under review, Journal of Sports Behavior. 2018

 Muir, Kenneth BThe Sociological Perspective.  Dubuque, IA:  Kendall Hunt Publishing.  2013

Raj Ghoshal, Cameron Lippard, Vanesa Ribas, and Ken Muir. "Beyond Bigotry: Teaching About Unconscious Prejudice." Teaching Sociology.  2012


Title: Professor
Department: Department of Sociology

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6388

Office address
203D Chapell Wilson Hall


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