Call for Book Proposals | “Sports Icons and Issues in Popular Culture” | Rowman & Littlefield

Sports Icons and Issues in Popular Culture
A New Book Series from Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Series Editors: Norma Jones and Bob Batchelor


The editors of the Rowman & Littlefield Sports Icons and Issues in Popular Culture Series are currently accepting proposals for volumes focused on sports stars and how they reflect and influence not only their sport, but also broader popular culture. In an age when these sporting icons cross over into everyday lives and popular culture, the time is ripe for assessing, reassessing, and refocusing our gaze on the centrality of these athletes in our the contemporary world.

Rowman & Littlefield Sports Icons and Issues in Popular Culture Series will include single-author, co-author, and edited volumes that address the concerns listed above. The Series editors also hope to receive proposals that add to our current understanding of past and current sports icons as well as rising stars in the sporting world. This new series intends to demonstrate how these sports icons not only reflect and influence fandom issues but also broader audiences in terms of lifestyle such as fashion and music. The audience for this series is smart, general interest readers, so strong writing and research is preferred to academic jargon.

Potential Topics (among the endless possibilities):

  • Lou Gehrig: An American Life
  • Shaun White: Bringing Extreme to the Mainstream
  • Arnold Palmer: Golf, Life, and the Modern World
  • The Green Jacket: A History of the Masters
  • Michael Jordan: Icon
  • Sugar Ray Leonard and the Making of the 1980s
  • Andre Agassi: An American Sports Icon
  • New York: The History of a City’s Love (and Hatred) with Sports
  • LINSANITY! An Asian/American Sports Icon

Volumes in the series will typically run between 80,000 – 110,000 words, exclusive of notes, bibliography, and index. Authors and editors are responsible for negotiating and securing their own permissions for use of images, illustrations, and other copyrighted material.

Proposals should include:

  • Discussion of the volume’s significance
  • Competitive titles/studies
  • A proposed table of contents,
  • Estimated length (and number of images, if applicable)
  • Projected timeline for completion,
  • A sample chapter/excerpt that demonstrates writing style and voice
  • Author/editor’s CV

For more information, please see the Rowman & Littlefield Publishers guidelines at:

Inquiries and proposals should be directed to both Series editors, Norma Jones at njones39@kent.eduand Bob Batchelor at, or to Rowman & Littlefield’s Associate Editor in Sports, Arts & Literature: Christen Karniski at

About the Editors:

Bob Batchelor is a cultural historian and media studies scholar who has written or edited 27 books, including John Updike: A Critical Biography (2013) and Gatsby: The Cultural History of the Great American Novel (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014). He is the editor of R & L’s Contemporary American Literature, Great Writers/Great Books, 100 Greatest…, and Cultural History of Television book series. He teaches in the Media, Journalism and Film Department at Miami University.

Norma Jones is a David B. Smith Fellowship recipient and doctoral candidate in the College of Communication and Information at Kent State University. Norma co-edited Aging Heroes: Growing Old in Popular Culture (R&L, 2015). She is the co-editor of two companion volumes on heroines of popular culture (Heroines of Film and Television: Portrayals in Popular CultureHeroines of Comic Books and Literature: Portrayals in Popular Culture). In addition to contributing to popular press books regarding business and nontraditional student experiences, Norma has authored or co-authored eight chapters/entries in edited volumes such as the American History Thorough American Sports volumes, as well as the Asian and Pacific Islander Americans edition in the Great Lives from History series. She is also an associate editor for The Popular Culture Studies Journal, the official journal of the Midwest Popular Culture / American Culture Association.

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