Ajhanai Keaton

Ajhanai Keaton

Dr. Ajhanai Keaton's curriculum vitae [PDF]


  • Ph.D.,University of Connecticut, Learning, Leadership, and Educational Policy, concentration Sport Management, December 2021
  • M.Ed., University of Texas, Higher Education Leadership and Policy, May 2017
  • B.A., Colorado State University, Sociology , May 2015

Research Areas

Dr. Keaton studies how race and gender (in)equity inform organizational leadership, processes, and experiences. Her scholarship is interdisciplinary, as her examination of sport phenomena intersects with management, higher education, and sociological communities.


Dr. Keaton utilizes a range of qualitative methodologies and analyses including but not limited to: Interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA), critical discourse analysis (CDA), and case study and basic interpretative methodology.

Selected Publications

  • Keaton, A. (2020). A Conceptual Model of the Emergence of Diversity and Inclusion Officers in Division I Collegiate Athletics. Journal of Higher Education Athletics & Innovation, (8), 82-112.
  • Keaton, A.C.I. (2021). A critical discourse analysis of racial narratives from White athletes attending a historically Black college/University. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 1-18.
  • Newton, A. C. I., & Cooper, J. N. (2021). ‘It doesn’t bother me... I’m here for a reason’: a qualitative examination of white college athletes’ experiences at a historically black college/university (HBCU). Whiteness and Education, 6(1), 39-59.
  • Cooper, J. N., & Newton, A. (2021). Black Female College Athletes’ Sense of Belonging at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). The Journal of Negro Education, 90(1), 71-83.
  • Castillo-Montoya, M., Zastoupil, G., & Newton, A. (2021). Developing Critical Consciousness: The Gains and Missed Opportunities for Latinx College Students in a Sport-Based Critical Service-Learning Course. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 27(1), 33-59.
  • Burton, L., & Newton, A. (2021). Organisational-Level Practices to Support Women in Coaching. In Improving Gender Equity in Sports Coaching (pp. 138-155). Routledge.

Selected Honors and Awards

  • P.E.O National Scholar Award Finalist, 2020
  • Excellence in Teaching ~ Neag School of Education, 2019, 2018
  • Gary Sailes Award ~ North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, 2019
  • Initiative on Campus Dialogues (ICD) Fellowship, 2019
  • National Ford Foundation Fellow (Honorable Mention), 2018

Professional Memberships

  • North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS)
  • North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM)
  • The Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)
  • American Education Research Association (AERA)