Office & Hours

Office: SZB 428M

(512) 232-4785

(512) 471-8460

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Curriculum and Instruction
1 University Station
Austin, TX 78712-0379
UT Mail Code: D5700


Dr. Harrison has focused his research on the influences of race related self-schemata and African American racial identity on physical activity choices and performance. The purpose of this line of research is to investigate the factors that influence sport and physical activity participation, and identity developmental patterns of African Americans. Through his research he hopes to gain a deeper understanding of the racial labels ascribed to particular sports and physical activities, and how these labels affect participation, persistence, effort expended, and performance. Additionally, he wishes to investigate ways physical educators and coaches can precipitate changes in the development of self-schemata for sport and physical activities in an effort to erase these racial labels, and broaden the perceived physical activity choices of all students.


Ph.D. Kinesiology, Louisiana State University

Representative Publications

Bimper, A., Jr., Harrison, L., Jr., & Clark, L. (in press). Diamonds in the rough: Examining a case of successful Black male student athletes in college sport. The Journal of Black Psychology.

Harrison, L., Jr. (2011). Athletes’ Rights and Justice Issues: Its Not Business, Its Personal. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 4, 14-17.

Rotich, W. K., Harrison, L., Jr., & Nyaga, P. N. (2011). Emerging issues in sport labour migration: Brawn drain and Kenyan runners: increasingly complex issues in sport labour migration. International Sport Studies, 33, 28-38. 

Bimper, A. Y. Jr. & Harrison, L. Jr., (2011). Meet me at the crossroads: African American athletic and racial identity. Quest, 63, 275-288.

Harrison, L. Jr., Sailes, G., Rotich, W. K. & Bimper, A. Y. Jr. (2011). Living the Dream orAwakening from the Nightmare: Race and Athletic Identity. Race, Ethnicity and Education, 14, 91-103.

Spearman, J. & Harrison, L. Jr. (2010). Real role models: Successful African Americans beyond pop culture. University of Texas Press: Austin, TX. (

Harrison, L. Jr., Burden, J. Jr. &  Hodge, S. (2010) African American faculty in kinesiology/physical education programs at predominantly White universities. In S. E. Moore, (Ed.) Dilemmas of Black Faculty at U.S. Predominantly White Institutions: Issues in the Post-Multicultural Era. Mellen Press: New York.

Harrison, L. Jr., Carson, R. L., & Burden, J. Jr. (2010). Physical education teachers’cultural competency. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 29, 184-198.

Recent Awards

  • National Academy of Kinesiology Active Fellow, 2012
  • Charles D. Henry Award, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 2011
  • E. B. Henderson Award, from the Social Justice and Diversity Committee of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 2009
  • Scholar Award, Southern District Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 2007
  • Exemplary Models of Administrative Leadership Award, American Association of University Administrators, 2006.
  • Scholar Award, Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 2005.
  • Ethnic Minority Award, Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 2002

Research Interests and Expertise

Race and Culture in Physical Activity and Sport

Boards, Committees and Associations

  • Journal of Teaching in Physical Education Editorial Board, 2006
  • Research Quarterly for Exercise & Sport Editorial Board, 2012