Gilman Bldg.

Research Interests

Equity Studies
Higher Education
Intercollegiate Athletics
Qualitative Research Methods

Jennifer Hoffman

Associate Professor

Intercollegiate athletics are a highly visible aspect of campus communities. Regardless of the size of the institution or notoriety of the athletic department, policies in athletics have implications that are far reaching.  My research agenda in the Center for Leadership in Athletics specializes in analysis of issues in today's traditional college sports and the emergence of college esports. In my research I use qualitative, conceptual, and policy analysis methods. I integrate critical, poststructural, and feminist perspectives in my research to illustrate the issues at the intersection of intercollegiate athletics and higher education. My work has been recognized by the Association For The Study of Higher Education, where I received the ASHE 2021 Special Merit Award. I am also the editor of the Center’s Research From The Front Porch research briefs.

Ph.D., Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, University of Washington
M.A., Student Development Administration, Seattle University
B.S., Physical Education, Washington State University


Courses Taught
EDUC 200: Esports & Sports in Competition (undergraduate)
EDUC 200: The Place of Sports in the University (undergraduate)
EDLPS 520: Education As A Moral Endeavor (graduate)
EDLPS 514: Informing Policy & Decision-Making with Data (graduate)
EDLPS 598: Qualitative Research Methods (graduate)

Hoffman, J.L. & Hextrum, K. (23 September 2021). University Bookstore and the Microsoft Alumni Network presents author Jennifer Lee Hoffman in conversation with Kirsten Hextrum. Virtual. Amateurism after Alston & NIL: Leisure, Labor, and Exploitation in College Sports.

Suggs, W. & Hoffman, J.L. ​​(2021). Myles Brand’s collegiate model and the post-Amateurism world of college sports. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 14(3), p. 96-113,

Hoffman, J.L. Pauketat, R. Flores, M. Gerscher, M. & Hoffman, D. (2021). The Evolution of Esport Finance: Competition Goes Digital. In Karen Weaver, (Ed.). Sport Finance. Kendall Hunt Publisher. 

Hoffman, J.L. (2019). Invited Speaker, Can Separate Be Equal? The Promise and Peril of Equity for Women in Sports, Tel Aviv, University, The Center for the Study of the United States.

Hoffman, J.L. (2019). Navigating the Volatility of Higher Education Anthropological & Policy Perspectives (Review). Teachers College Record.

Hoffman, J.L. (2017). Title IX’s gender-separate allowance in the context of college athlete rights and intercollegiate athletics reform. In E. Comeaux (Ed.), College Athletes’ Rights and Well-Being. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Hoffman, J.L.; Rankin, S.R., & Loya, K.I. (2016). Climate as a Mediating Influence on the Perceived Academic Success of Women Student-Athletes.

Hoffman, J.L., Rooksby, J.R., & Hay, G. (2016). Big-Time Research & Big-Time Sports: Comparing Commercialization in Public Institutions

Hoffman, J.L. (2015). Playoffs & payoffs: What’s driving the college football coaching carousel? Change Magazine: The Magazine of Higher Learning (47)5, p. 37-42.

Hoffman, J.L., Kihl, L., & Browning, A. (2015). Civic engagement and activism: Do college students and college athletes differ? Journal of College and Character, 16(2), 1-15.

Hoffman, J.L., McDowell, J., & Rafael, V. (2015). Case law and legislation that influence women’s participation in intercollegiate athletics. In E. Comeaux (Ed.), Introduction to Intercollegiate Athletics in American Higher Education (pp. 245-258). Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Hoffman, JL, Hoffman, HL, & Suggs, W. (2013).  “Leadership Development Through Athletic Participation at West Point.” Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education, Summer, Volume 7, Issue 2.

Hoffman, JL. (2012). “Competition and Control in The Gridiron Marketplace: Findings from the Intercollegiate Athletics Leadership Database,” presented to the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, Washington DC.

Hoffman, JL. (2011).“The Old Boys Network: Women Candidates and the Athletic Director Search.” Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education, 5, (1): 9-27.

Hoffman, JL. (2010).“The Dilemma of the Senior Woman Administrator Role in Intercollegiate Athletics.” Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, 3, 53-75.


Understanding Collegiate Esports: A Practitioner’s Guide to Developing Community and Competition. Routledge: New York.

College Sports and Institutional Values in Competition: Leadership Challenges. Routledge: New York.

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