Welcome to NASSH!

Our mission: The purpose of the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH) is to promote, stimulate, and encourage the study of the history of sport; to support, stimulate and encourage scholarly writing and research related to the history of sport; and to cooperate with local, national, and international organizations having the same purpose. 


NASSH is committed to sharing ideas and information about the study of sport, the body, and exercise across time and space, and in diverse historical contexts.  The Society runs its activities solely for scholarly and literary purposes, not for pecuniary profit.

NASSH defines “sport” broadly and welcomes papers at its Annual Convention and in its internationally renowned Journal of Sport History on all aspects of competitive games, play, physical culture, and all other forms of physical activity.

NASSH Members can be found in such diverse departments as History, Kinesiology, Sport Management, Sociology, Classics, Cultural Studies, Literature, American Studies, Anthropology, Health, and Business. Our members can be found in all corners of the globe and meetings of the Society—generally held in late May—are truly international conferences.

NASSH particularly encourages graduate students to become involved with the association, to submit papers for the conference, and to consider entering the NASSH Graduate Essay Contest.  Contact the Graduate Student Representative with questions.