Dr. Jack Black

Senior Lecturer in Sport Studies and Course Leader for BA (Hons) Sport Studies

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Email: j.black@shu.ac.uk


Jack completed his PhD in 2015 at Loughborough University, where he also studied for his BSc and MSc, in Sociology of Sport. While completing his doctoral studies, Jack was a part-time lecturer at the University of Leicester and Nottingham Trent University, before joining the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity at Sheffield Hallam University in 2014.

Research Interests

Jack’s research examines the relationship between the media, nationalism and collective memory, developing upon his PhD thesis, which explored media constructions of Britishness during the 2012 Diamond Jubilee and London Olympic Games.

Jack’s work has primarily focused on nationalism and national identity, with particular attention given to the United Kingdom and Commonwealth, the media and post-imperial relations. Outside of these areas, Jack has also published research relating gender, celebrity, terrorism and multiculturalism.

Taught Modules

  • Assessment and Employability Skills
  • Sport and the Media
  • Sport Journalism
  • Research Matters 2
  • Project (tutor)


Black J (2018) From mood to movement: English nationalism, the European Union and taking back control. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research.

Cherrington J, Black J and Tiller N (2018) Running away from the taskscape: ultramarathon as ‘dark ecology’. Annals of Leisure Research.

Black J (2018) The subjective and objective violence of terrorism: analysing “British values” in newspaper coverage of the 2017 London Bridge attack. Critical Studies on Terrorism.

Whigham S and Black J (2018) Glasgow 2014, the media and Scottish politics – the (post)imperial symbolism of the Commonwealth Games. The British Journal of Politics and International Relations.

Black J (2018) The United Kingdom and British Empire: a figurational approach. Rethinking History 22(1): 3-24.

Black J (2018) Reflexivity or Orientation? Collective memories in the Australian, Canadian and New Zealand national press. Memory Studies.

Black J and Whigham S (2017) ‘Team GB’ or ‘Team Scotland’? Media representation of ‘Britishness’ and ‘Scottishness’ at London 2012 and Galsgow 2014. Journalism.

Black J and Fielding-Lloyd B (2017) Re-establishing the ‘outsiders’: English press coverage of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. International Review for the Sociology of Sport.

Black J (2017) The reification of celebrity: global newspaper coverage of the death of David Bowie. International Review of Sociology 27(1): 202-224.

Black (2016) Celebrating British multiculturalism, lamenting England/Britain’s past. Nations and Nationalism 22(4): 786-802.

Black (2016) ‘As British as fish and chips’: British newspaper representations of Mo Farah during the 2012 London Olympic Games. Media, Culture & Society 38(7): 979-996.

Maguire J, Black J and Darlington B (2015) ‘The Day the Flame Came to Town’: The Olympic Flame, Symbol, Community and Commodification. Sociology of Sport Journal 32(2): 117-139.

Black J (2015) Portraying Britain’s Past: English National Newspaper Coverage of the 2012 London Olympic Ceremonies. In: Poynter G., Viehoff V. and Li Y. (eds) The London Olympics and Urban Development: The Mega-Event City. Abingdon: Rutledge, pp.320-334