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Karen Hartman

Executive Director

Karen L. Hartman is a Professor in the Department of Communication, Media, and Persuasion at Idaho State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Communication from Louisiana State University and her research interests revolve largely around the role of sport in the United States and how language and public relations efforts frame athletes, institutions, and laws. She has published numerous research articles, including most recently in the International Journal of Sport Communication and the Journal of Global Sport Management. Hartman served as Chair of the National Communication Association’s Communication and Sport Division in 2018 and has been involved with IACS since 2006, holding positions such as Vice-Chair and Chair (2012-2014). She is also a member of the editorial board of Communication & Sport. A former Division-I athlete at Furman University, Hartman worked as a publicist in the entertainment industry before going into academia. 


Angela N. Pratt

Board of Directors - Chair

Rotates to Past-Chair in 2025

Dr. Angela Pratt (B.A., Campbell University, NC, USA; M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA; Ph.D., University of Tennessee, USA) is a Teaching Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science. Her pedagogical and research interests include Strategic Communication, Sport Administration, Qualitative Research Methods, Gender and Sport Communication, Experiential Learning, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Sport. Prior to her work at UNC-CH, Dr. Pratt was an Assistant Professor in the Sports Studies Department at Bishop’s University (QC, Canada) for three years, an Assistant Professor in the Clemson University (SC, USA) Department of Communication for six years, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Bradley University (IL, USA) for five years. Dr. Pratt’s sports industry experience includes posts as Sports Sales Manager for the Greater Raleigh (NC, USA) Convention and Visitors Bureau, Assistant Director of Marketing for the University of Virginia Department of Athletics (USA), Public Relations Director for the Raleigh (NC, USA) Capital Express (USISL A-League soccer), and Media Relations Intern for the Charlotte Hornets (NBA). 


Travis Bell

Board of Directors - Vice Chair

Rotates to Chair in 2025

Travis R. Bell is an Associate Professor of Digital and Sports Media and the Director of Graduate Programs and Research in the Zimmerman School of Advertising & Mass Communications at the University of South Florida. He has published more than 30 journal articles and book chapters and is lead author of CTE, Media, and the NFL. He teaches courses with an emphasis on broadcast journalism, visual storytelling, sports media, and media literacy. Bell’s research interests are in sport and medical communication intersect with race and gender, and he is a documentary filmmaker. He holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of South Florida, a M.S. in Sport Management from Florida State University, and a B.A. in Radio/TV Broadcasting and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida. He worked nearly two decades in professional journalism, including 12 years in television news as a multimedia journalist. Bell previously served a five-year term as a Board Member for IACS. Learn more about his research, teaching, and service on his website

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Beth Fielding-Lloyd

Board of Directors - Secretary

Rotates off the Board in 2025

Dr Beth Fielding-Lloyd is Head of Teaching and Learning Enhancement in the College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. She earned her PhD in Sport Communication at Manchester Metropolitan University and her research interests center on gendered organisational practices and media representations in sport using methods of discourse analysis. Her current research projects include the global development and professionalisation of women's football (soccer) and women’s sport as a space for social justice and advocacy. She is also co-founder of the Sport, Media and Identity network (@SM_Identity), which aims to bring together sport journalists and academics to promote critical and inclusive practices in sport media.  


Xavier Ginesta

Board of Directors 

Rotates off the Board in 2025

Xavier Ginesta is Senior Lecturer at the University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia. He also collaborates with the Olympic Studies Centre at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Spain. His main research interests are Sport Management, Communication and Politics and Sport Place Branding. His research has been published in several international journals, such as Communication & Sport, Soccer & Society or the American Behavioural Scientist. He has published the book untitled Les multinacionals de l’entreteniment. Futbol, diplomàcia, identitat i tecnologia [Entertainment Multinationals. Football, diplomacy, identity and technology] (Editorial UOC, 2020) and he is the co-editor of the volume Sport, Globalisation and Identity. New Perspectives on Regions and Nations (Routledge, 2020). He is a member of the TRACTE research group at UVic-UCC [Audiovisual Translation, Communication and Territory] and is member of the Sports Management Advisory Board at Widener University (Chester, PA).


Molly Yanity

Board of Directors

Rotates off the Board in 2027

Molly Yanity (Ph.D., Ohio University) is a professor of journalism and sports journalism at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. She also serves as department chair and director of the graduate programs in journalism and sports journalism. She is a two-time, previous chair of AEJMC’s sport communication interest group. In 2021, Yanity collaborated with Dr. Danielle Coombs to edit, write and publish “2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup: Media, Fandom, and Soccer’s Biggest Stage.” She has been published in several journals and edited collections. During the 2019 WNBA season, she covered the Connecticut Sun for The Athletic. Before her career in higher education, Yanity was a full-time sports writer on the West Coast for 15 years. She prioritizes teaching over research and her syllabuses, lessons and reading lists can be found at 


Frauke Hachtmann

Board of Directors 

Rotates off the Board in 2027

Dr. Frauke Hachtmann is a professor and William H. Kearns Chair in Journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research explores the strategic use of emerging media in sport communication as well as complex crisis response advertising. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including the International Journal of Sport Communication, the Journal of Digital & Social Media Marketing, and the Journal of Advertising Education. She is a member of several journals’ editorial boards and has served as head of the AEJMC Advertising Division, research chair of the American Academy of Advertising, and associate dean and graduate chair in her college. A former Division-1 athlete at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln she worked in sports marketing before joining the academy


Aaron Gallagher

Board of Directors - Graduate Student Rep.

Rotates off the Board in 2024

Aaron is a Ph.D student at Dublin City University and an upcoming Fulbright Student Scholar at the University of Maryland. His Ph.D investigates the relationship between sporting organisations, athletes and the media. He received his Bachelor’s in Journalism in 2017 and Master’s Degree in Social Media Communications in 2019. Aaron has worked for a number of years as a sports journalist, his work published in national publications across Ireland. Aaron was Editor-in-Chief of his university’s newspaper, for which he was named National Student Media Journalist of the Year. He took part in the Washington Ireland Programme in 2021 and recently completed a traineeship with the European Olympic Committee in Belgium. Having recently been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, Aaron will spend a semester at the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park, as part of his Ph.D research project in 2023.

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Kate Lavelle

Board of Directors - Treasurer 

Kate Lavelle (Ph.D., Wayne State University) is an Associate Professor and the Director of Public Speaking Center at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She teaches courses in the Public Communication and Advocacy emphasis area in the Department of Communication Studies. Her primary research interests are in the relationship between rhetoric and sports, specifically in examining issues of race, gender, and nationality. Kate has been serving IACS since 2012. 

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Brody Ruihley

Board of Directors - Communications

Brody J. Ruihley is an Associate Professor of Sport Leadership and Management at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He holds a PhD in Sport Studies with a concentration in Sport Management from the University of Tennessee, an MS in Sport Administration from the University of Louisville, and a BA in Communication from the University of Kentucky. His primary research is in the area of fantasy sport and public relations in sport. Brody has been serving in this role since 2010. 

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Evan Frederick

Board of Directors - Chair

Rotates off the Board in 2025

Evan Frederick is an Assistant Professor of Sport Administration at the University of Louisville. Prior to joining the University of Louisville in 2016, Frederick was a faculty member at the University of New Mexico and the University of Southern Indiana. He holds a Ph.D. in Sport Management, an M.S. in Sport Management, and a B.A. in Communication and Culture all from Indiana University. His primary research interest is the intersection of sport and social media. His secondary research interest is sport communication and media theory.

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