Noah Cohan

Noah Cohan

Assistant Director of American Culture Studies
Lecturer in American Culture Studies
PhD, Washington University in St. Louis
research interests:
  • Sports Studies
  • Fan Studies
  • Narrative
  • Memory
  • Race and Popular Culture
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    • Washington University
      American Culture Studies
      CB 1126
      One Brookings Drive
      St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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    Noah Cohan's research and teaching are oriented to the intersection of American sports, fan cultures, power, and inequality, particularly with regard to race and gender.

    Cohan’s recent course offerings include "Empire of Hoop: Basketball as American Culture," “The Racialized Sporting Landscape of St. Louis: Athletics Aesthetics, Bias, and Opportunity,” “Sports & Society: Contemporary Issues in American Sports,” and “The Black Athlete in American Literature: From Frederick Douglass to LeBron James." Cohan’s book, We Average Unbeautiful Watchers: Fan Narratives and the Reading of American Sports, was published in July 2019 by the University of Nebraska Press. He is the co-editor of Sport in the University, a special issue of the journal American Studies (Fall 2016), founding coordinator of the Sports Studies Caucus of the American Studies Association, co-convener of the AMCS program initiative in Sports and Society: Culture, Power, and Identity, and cocreator of Whereas Hoops, a multimedia work of scholarship and activism aimed at getting basketball hoops installed in St. Louis's Forest Park.