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Rasul Mowatt

School of Public Health/College of Arts and Sciences

Expert Bio

Rasul Mowatt is a professor and former chair of the Department of Health & Wellness Design in the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington and a professor in the Department of American Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. His primary areas are social justice, leisure behavior, cultural studies and critical pedagogy. He has published work on analysis of historical racial violence; racial geographies of public space; visitation of slave castles for ethnic affirmation; racial disparities in academia; treatment of veterans with PTSD; perceptions of sexual orientation among teammates; and gender equity in tourism. His interests are strongly centered on critiquing society for issues that are most prevalent in impacting quality of life. In his spare time he enjoys DJing as an artform, for over 25 years. He is a member of the Racial and Gender Fairness Commission of the Indiana Supreme Court and won the 2018 Career Teaching Award from the School of Public Health-Bloomington.

Areas of Expertise

Social justice, cultural studies, critical theory, critical pedagogy, methodology, race, ethnicity, gender, class, diversity, inclusion, difference, power, violence, history, policy, media, music, food, sustainability, tourism, leisure behavior, parks, public lands, public space.

Other Information

“The Ethics and Social Ramifications of Recreation: Undergraduate Research Using Video as a Method”: Publications: “Leisure with the Enemy: COVID-19 Criticisms, Allusions, and Reflections,” Leisure Sciences, 2020. “A People’s History of Leisure Studies: The Great Race, the National Park Service, and the U.S. Forest Service,” Journal of Parks and Recreation Administration, 2020. “A People’s History of Leisure Studies: Where the White Nationalist Are,” Leisure Studies, 2019: Public Appearances: “Police Killings are Modern Day Lynchings,” Black Myths Podcast: “Why I Called The Murder of Richard Collins III a Lynching,” The Nation: “Standing Room Only: WFHB’s Backyard Conversation on Race and Privilege”: “The Matter of Black Lives on Interchange in 2015”:

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