Spencer Harris, PhD


Spencer Harris, PhD

Member & Executive Committee
Professor, Sport Management


Spencer Harris is a Professor of Sport Management at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He completed his PhD at Loughborough University in 2013. Spencer has worked in community sports development for 16 years volunteering with the sport for development NGO Right to Play and working in senior management positions in local government and Sport England. He has worked in higher education since 2008. His research interests center on sport governance, sport policy, and the sport-politics relationship.

Featured Publications

Jedlicka, S. R., Harris, S., & Houlihan, B. (2021). “Policy analysis in sport management” revisited: A critique and discussion. Journal of Sport Management, 36(6), 521-533. https://doi.org/10.1123/jsm.2021-0193 

Harris, S., Dowling, M., & Washington, M. (2023). Political protest and Rule 50: exploring the polycentric governance of international and Olympic sport. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 15(3), 417-434. https://doi.org/10.1080/19406940.2023.2224345 

Harris, S., Jedlicka, S., Pielke Jr, R., & Ryan, H. (2023). The politics of exclusion: Analyzing US state responses to interscholastic transgender athletes. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, 15(4), 757-778. https://doi.org/10.1080/19406940.2023.2242878