Dr. Akilah R. Carter-Francique
Akilah R. Carter-Francique (Ph.D., University of Georgia) is an Associate Professor at San Jose State University (SJSU) in the Department of African American Studies. She also serves as the Executive Director for the Institute for the Study of Sport, Society, and Social Change (ISSSSC) at SJSU. Her scholarly endeavors and field of focus encompasses the intersection of sport, society, and social justice that is inclusive of issues of diversity, social movements, and the dynamics of social change and development. She employs a critical interpretivist standpoint utilizing Black feminist thought and Critical Race Theory to illuminate issues of experiential marginalizations and, as a former collegiate athlete in track and field at the University of Houston, this includes the experiences of Black athletes in sports at all levels of participation. Carter-Francique serves as the 2018-2019 President of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) and she is the co-editor of Athletic Experience at Historically Black Colleges and Universities:Past, Present, and Persistence and Critical Race Theory: Black Athletic Experiences in the United States.