Matthew P. Llewellyn Matthew P. Llewellyn, PhD

Location: KHS 232
Telephone: (657) 278-2156



Advising Area:
Sport History/ Sociocultural Study of Sport/Sport Studies  

Couse Taught:
KNES 380: Philosophy of Human Movement
KNES 381: History of Sport, Games and Culture
KNES 384: Sport Sociology
KNES 481: The Socio-Cultural Study of the Olympic Games: Ancient to Modern
KNES 582: Advanced Study in Sociocultural perspectives of Human Movement  

Dr. Matt Llewellyn, Ph.D. was born in Cardiff, South Wales, United Kingdom, and has been actively involved in sport and physical activity throughout his life. After completing an undergraduate degree at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, Matthew enrolled at the California State University, Long Beach where he pursued a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology. He earned a Ph.D. in the Historical and Philosophical Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity at the Pennsylvania State University. Matt has successfully published over 30 papers in refereed journals including the   Journal of Sport History,   Contemporary British History,   Journal of Southern African Studies,   Sport in History, and the   International Journal of the History of Sport, as well as numerous textbook chapters. He has published several books and edited collections, including “The Rise and Fall of Olympic Amateurism” (University of Illinois Press, 2016) and “Rule Britannia: Nationalism, Identity and the Modern Olympic Games” (Routledge Press, 2012). Matt is also an energetic member of the professional academic community in both sports history and Kinesiology. He currently serves as Editor of the   Journal of Olympic Studiesand is a co-director of the Center for Sociocultural Sport and Olympic Research (CSSOR).  Matt is a father of two young boys and a life-long supporter of Liverpool Football Club.  

Interest Area:  
Matt specializes in the history of sport and culture in the modern world with particular emphasis on the late nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain. Specific research concentrates on the role of sport in the creation of modern societies, as well as the history of the modern Olympic Games

Current Projects:
Book Monograph: “Playing with Apartheid: Britain, Sport, and the Politics of Race” (with Toby Rider). Edited Collection: “Sport and Apartheid” (with Michelle Sikes and Toby Rider).