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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


Refereed Journal Articles

Bimper, A. Y. Jr. & Harrison, L. Jr. (in press). Are we committed to issues of race? Institutional integrity across intercollegiate athletics. International Review for the Sociology of Sport. 

Smith, M. P., Harrison, L. Jr. & Brown, A. L. (in press). The misintegration of the Negro: A historical analysis of black male habitus in sport and schooling. Urban Education.

Logan, A. D., Harrison, L. Jr. & Logan, A. (2015). 4 years a football player: The social reproduction of restricted agency. Race, Gender & Class, 22, 36-53.

Clark, L., Harrison, L. Jr., & Bimper, A., Jr. (2015). Generations: Academic and Athletic Integration of a Southern PWI Basketball Program. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 86, 281-291.

Book Chapters

Harrison, L., Jr, Bimper, A., Jr., Clark, L., &. Smith, M.P., (In press). Roll tide roll, by any means necessary: College recruiting scandal involving Albert Means. In S. R. Harper & J. K. Donnor (Eds.), Scandals in College Sports.

Kelly, D. D., Harrison, L. Jr. & Moore, L. N. (2015). Answering the call: Black male faculty mentoring black male student-athletes. In R. A. Bennet III, S. R. Hodge, D. L. Graham & J. L. Moore III (Eds.), Black Males and Intercollegiate Athletics: An Exploration of Problems and Solutions (Diversity in Higher Education vol 16). (pp. 239-260).

Harrison, C. K., Kirkland, S. M., Harrison, L., Proctor, L. Love, Q. G. (2014). Racial knowledge about sport: A mixed-method approach for investigating cultural myths and stereotypes about African American male athleticism. In L. L. Martin (Ed.), Out of Bounds: Racism and the Black Athlete. (pp. 279-306).

Harrison, L. Jr.  & Bimper, A. Y.  Jr. (2013). Race, ethnicity and sport. In M. Stodolska, K. J. Shinew, M. F. Floyd & G. J. Walker (Eds.), Race, ethnicity and leisure: Perspectives on research, theory and practice. (pp. 215-227). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics

Recent Awards

  • Journal of Teaching in Physical Education Outstanding Reviewer Award, 2014
  • Dad’s Association Centennial Teaching Fellowship, 2013
  • Fellow in the Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Faculty Fellows Fund, 2012 - present
  • National Academy of Kinesiology 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

Research Interests and Expertise

Race and Culture in Physical Activity and Sport

Boards, Committees and Associations

  • Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport (20012-2015)
  • Journal of Teaching in Physical Education (2008-present; Associate Editor, 2014)
  • Quest ; Journal of the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education (2016- )