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Jepkorir Rose Chepyator-Thomson

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Professor Kinesiology, College of Education

Jepkorir Rose Chepyator-Thomson has PhD, MA, MS, and Bsc. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She focuses her research studies on curriculum and policy issues related to sport and physical education, urban and transnational diversity, globalization and sport, and gender and sport.

Her publications appear in International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, Women in Sport Journal and Research Quarterly for Sport and Exercise. She was on the TV news show "20/20" and on National Public Radio in 2006 for her research on Kenyan runners. She was an 11-time track and cross country all-American at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was once considered Africa's fastest woman in the 1500 and 3000 meters. Her current research centers on Kenyan runners and their athletic performances at the Olympics games.

She serves on diverse committees at the department, college, and university levels. She teaches diverse courses that include gender and sport, and public policy and sport. Dr. Chepyator-Thomson was featured in Georgia Magazine in 2003 for her accomplishments in academics and athletics, earning her the recognition of "African Hero" by Ohio University's African Student Union in 2003. In the same year, Dr. Chepyator-Thomson received a Teaching in Excellence award from the UGA College of Education.


Congratulations to Professor Rose Chepyator-Thomson (Professor, Kinesiology), Dr. Akinloye Ojo (Associate Professor, Comparative Literature & African Studies), Dr. Karim Traore (Associate Professor Emeritus, Comparative Literature & African Studies), and Katja Sonkeng (PhD. Candidate, Kinesiology) on the publication of their new edited volume, “Youth, Globalization, and Society in Africa and Its Diaspora,“ published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing (February 2020). In the book, diverse authors offers a valuable glimpse into the challenges and opportunities presented by globalization to the youth in Africa and its diaspora, while issuing a stern call for action to local governments to act now and tap into the energy of Africa’s burgeoning youth population.  

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