About CCSS

The mission of the Center for Critical Sport Studies (CCSS) is to cultivate an intellectual environment that supports high quality teaching and learning, and stimulates research focused on the critical study of sport while sustaining the reputation of UCCS as a center of excellence in this field. Ultimately, we aspire to make sport more democratic, accessible and humane.


The center will pursue the following objectives
  • To bring together nationally and internationally acclaimed sport scholars to lead talks and symposia for faculty, students, and wider members of the Colorado springs community;
  • To host and support visiting scholars and research fellows interested in the critical study of sport;
  • To create a collaborative space and support structure for sport scholars to share and discuss sport-related research studies;
  • To develop sport-related research internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students; and
  • To build upon the reputation of UCCS as a center of excellence in the critical study of sport

CCSS Director Jeffrey Montez de Oca interviewed in Netflix documentary

Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez | Play Video

Anything but Race: NFL Fans’ Avoidance of the Issue

Kenneth Sean Chaplin and Jeffrey Montez de Oca on June 20, 2019 | Read More

Much Ado about a Hairdo? Unraveling the Social Significance of Jeremy Lin’s Dreadlocks

Stephen Cho Suh, Kyle Green, and Alex Manning on February 16, 2018 | Read More

The Process of Becoming a Doper

Christophe Brissonneau and Jeffrey Montez de Oca on January 18, 2018 | Read More

New Book by CCSS Member:

Doping in Elite Sports: Voices of French Sportspeople and Their Doctors, 1950-2010

Trump feud exposes racial divide in US sport

Professional Sports Fans Will Always Be Disappointed