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Amy Bass, PhD - Manhattanville College. Purchase, NY, US

Amy Bass, PhD Amy Bass, PhD

Professor, Sport Studies | Manhattanville College

Purchase, NY, UNITED STATES

An expert in sport, culture, and politics.

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Amy Bass is a professor in the Sport Studies Department, where her interests focus on sport, culture, and politics. She received a Ph.D. with distinction in history with a comparative in cultural studies from Stony Brook University, and did her undergraduate work at Bates College. Her first book, Not the Triumph but the Struggle: the 1968 Olympic Games and the Making of the Black Athlete, is considered a standard-bearer for those interested in studying sport from a cultural perspective. Her followup, In the Game, solidified that reputation. Her third book, Those About Him Remained Silent: the Battle over W.E.B. Du Bois, received Honorable Mention from the National Council on Public History.

Her most recent work, ONE GOAL: A Coach, A Team, and the Game that brought a Divided Town Together, was named a best book of 2018 by the Boston Globe and Library Journal, and was featured on the Today Show, NPR's "The Takeaway," Midday," "Under the Radar," and "Only a Game," and in Sports Illustrated and ESPN's The Undefeated, as well as other national media. It has been optioned by Netflix. In its starred review of the book, Kirkus called ONE GOAL "an edifying and adrenaline-charged tale," while the Wall Street Journal declared it "the perfect parable for our time," and the Globe & Mail dubbed it "magnificent and significant."

Bass edits her own series, "Sporting," for Temple University Press. In mainstream media, she has written for Slate, Salon, and The Christian Century, and is a frequent contributor for CNN, both in print and in studio, and worked across eight Olympic Games for NBC Sports, winning an Emmy Award for Live Event Turnaround at the London Olympic Games.

Areas of Expertise (7)

Identity Politics

Racial Politics

Politics

Sports

Culture

Return of sports after quarantine

African American History and Culture

Accomplishments (5)

ONE GOAL, “Best Book” of 2018

2018
Boston Globe

ONE GOAL, “Best Book” of 2018

2018
Library Journal

National Endowment for the Humanities, Faculty Development Grant

2005-2006, 2009-2010, 2013- 2016
The College of New Rochelle

Learning Associate

2014
Bates College

Emmy Award

2013
"Outstanding Live Event Turnaround: Games of the XXX Olympiad," National Academy for Television Arts and Sciences

Education (3)

Stony Brook University: Ph.D., History 1999

Stony Brook University: M.A., History 1994

Bates College: B.A., History 1992

Affiliations (2)

  • Board of Directors, New Rochelle Public Library Foundation
  • Consultant, Netflix

Selected Media Appearances (9)

Communicating Risks to Foster Compliance

Inside Higher Ed  online

2020-07-28

Some institutions have turned informing students about the novel coronavirus into an educational opportunity. At Manhattanville College, a private institution in New York, first-year students are being offered a free summer course for credit about COVID-19. Amy Bass, professor of sport studies at the college, helped design the course, which grew from a multidisciplinary research group she participated in pre-COVID-19. Just under 100 incoming first-year students are registered for the course, said Bass.

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OPINION: As the coronavirus drives students apart, one college devises a course to keep them together

The Hechinger Report  online

2020-07-06

Our last in-person class took place on March 4, a few hours before the campus emptied for what we thought would be Spring Break.

The lesson featured two art historians, a microbiologist, a writing specialist, the library director and me, a historian in sports studies. It became clear that we understood the rapidly unfolding scenario of the coronavirus better when we talked about it together, offering input from our own disciplines and perspectives, creating new knowledge that could not exist without the others.

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Manhattanville College Offers Summer Course On COVID-19 For First-Year Students

WAMC  online

2020-06-30

Manhattanville College Sports Studies Professor Dr. Amy Bass says the course aims to help students make sense of the pandemic across a range of disciplines

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Manhattanville College rolls out summer course on COVID-19 for first-year students

Lohud  online

2020-06-29

Amy Bass, professor of sports studies and one of the moderators, will offer a keynote lecture on how the NBA's sudden suspension of its season on March 11 got the nation's attention.

"The NBA woke America up to what was happening," she said.

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Manhattanville College Introduces COVID-19 Course For Freshmen

MSN  online

2020-06-29

"Looking at how things like the plague have been processed and understood by artists and musicians; how do we get the news; how do we process knowledge; the global issues of the environment, of politics, of the economy, wealth, politics, market forces; thinking about empathy, thinking about creativity and also some of the activist work of some of our faculty members," Manhattanville sports studies professor Amy Bass said.

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Sports can't exist without fans in the seats

CNN  online

2020-05-20

Baseball has served as a marker of time in America, a constant across the years explains James Earl Jones in his role as fictional writer Terence Mann in the 1989 film "Field of Dreams." "People will come," he tells his new friend Ray, played by Kevin Costner, a man who has plowed under his corn crop in Iowa to build an improbable baseball field. "And they'll watch the game, and it'll be as if they'd dipped themselves in magic waters."

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Glimmer of Hope for Sports, but Don't Pop Champagne

Associated Press / The New York Times  online

2020-05-08

From the article:
“Good God, do I want to watch a baseball game,” exclaimed Amy Bass, a professor of sports studies at Manhattanville College just north of New York City. “We’re constantly saying that sports is not just an escape, that we can learn a lot from sports. But you know what? They are an escape.”

“I think we’re going to be looking at a cultural shift in sports,” Bass said, comparing it to the security-minded changes that affected all walks of life after the 2001 terrorist attacks. “There are kids today who don’t know we didn’t used to get frisked going into a ballpark. So many things changed in the culture of sports after 9-11.”

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The Power Of the Game: An Interview With ‘One Goal’ Author Amy Bass

Urban Pitch  online

2019-06-07

Amy Bass: I went to college in Lewiston many years ago. When you go to Bates College, Lewiston’s always sort of on your radar. A friend who still lives in Maine posted about the team on Facebook, and it was at a really opportune political time. It was when there was a lot of rage emerging in the United States about refugees relocating to the U.S. in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

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How this high school soccer coach brought a divided town together

The TODAY Show  online

2018-02-27

The moving story of the Lewiston High School Blue Devils is detailed in a new book released on Tuesday by author Amy Bass called "One Goal: A Coach, a Team, and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together." Bass is the wife of TODAY's Director of Production Management.

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Selected Event Appearances (5)

City Divided, Team United

Key West Literary Seminar, January 2020  Key West, FL

A Practical Guide to Writing about Place

134th Annual Meeting of American Historical Association, January 2020  New York, NY

Women and Coaching

In Conversation with Kim Wyant and Courtney Levensohn, Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University, May 2019  New York, NY

Race and the Black Freedom Struggle in Sport

Critical Sports Communities: New Directions in Sports Scholarship, Journalism, and Activism, Hofstra University, February 2019  Hempstead, NY

Keynote Presentation

Baltimore Writers’ Conference, November 2018  Baltimore, MD

Selected Articles (2)

State of the Field: Sports History and the “Cultural Turn” Journal of American History

Amy Bass

2014

At one of the inaugural sessions of the newly minted Sports Studies Caucus at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association (ASA) in 2012, Daniel A. Nathan, author of Saying It's So: A Cultural History of the Black Sox Scandal, stated that “the place of sport in American Studies is radically smaller … and more marginal, than the place of sport in American culture.” Nathan described the isolation of “sports history” while sitting next to the historians John Bloom, Adrian Burgos Jr., and myself, as well as the literature professor and former professional football player Michael Oriard, whose revolutionary Reading Football: How the Popular Press Created an American Spectacle (1993) used a Geertzian analysis to transform the sports page into...

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The Last Word on the State of Sports History Journal of American History

Amy Bass

2014

Susan K. Cahn wants to play fantasy history; I am all in. It is a concept as charming as it is creative, as it issues a call to ranks, a challenge. In the best of competitive spirits, I have had an ongoing list of fantasy history team draft picks in my head since I first read her words. To find my starting lineup, I would need to go no further than the writers of the responses here—a veritable dream team, if I can make good on Daniel A. Nathan's point about “sportuguese.” These scholars demonstrate exactly how to craft worthy history: analyzing and questioning what I did in my state-of-the-field essay and then pushing the themes forward to important, innovative, and necessary places...

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