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Scott Brooks

Scott Brooks

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education

Graduate School of Education
2219 Sproul Hall
(951) 827-6008

Research Areas

Brooks is primarily an urban ethnographer interested in: diversity, equity and student engagement, leadership, and community based learning. He examines the influences, experiences, learning pathways and outcomes of underrepresented K-12 and college students, paying special attention to sports and leadership.


  • B.A. in Political Economies of Industrial Societies
    University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
  • M.A. in Sociology
    California State University at Hayward, Hayward, CA
  • Ph.D. in Sociology
    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA


Scott Brooks has published in academic journals, edited volumes, and textbooks; been quoted and reviewed by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Der Speigel, and SLAM magazine; and invited to speak on the topic of sport internationally. Additionally, Dr. Brooks has consulted the NFL, MLB, college and high school coaches and athletes; and is a senior fellow at the Wharton Sports Business Initiative and Yale Urban Ethnography Project. His book, Black Men Can’t Shoot (University of Chicago, 2009), tells the importance of exposure, networks, and opportunities towards earning an athletic scholarship. Dr. Brooks closely followed two young Black men in South Philadelphia through their high school basketball experiences and documents their community based learning in how to ascend the ranks –getting known – and their social navigation of Philadelphia’s basketball world, complicating the myth of natural athleticism and the recruiting game. He is currently working on three manuscripts: one regarding coaching, a second that investigates high school basketball since 1950, and a third project on Black campus dating

Current Curriculum Vitae


Select Publications

  • Brooks, Scott N. 2009. Black Men Can’t Shoot. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
    *Honorable Mention -Association of American Publishers: PROSE Book Award
  • Brooks, Scott N. 2016. “Behind the Curtain: Leadership, Ingenuity, and Culture in the Making of Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, Showtime, and the Laker Dynasty.” In Sport in Los Angeles, edited by Dave Wiggins and Wayne Wilson. Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press.
  • Brooks, Scott N. 2011.  “City of Basketball Love: Philadelphia and the Nurturing of Black Males’ Hoop Dreams,” in The Journal of African American History, Special Issue African Americans and the History of Sports, 96(4): 522-536.
  • Tryce, Stephanie A. and Brooks, Scott N. 2010. “’Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Title IX,” Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education 4(3): 243-256.
  • Brooks, Scott N. 2008. “Fighting Like a Basketball Player: Basketball as a Strategy Against Social Disorganization.” In Elijah Anderson (ed) Against the Wall: Poor, Young, Black, and Male. Pps. 147-164. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • Brooks, Scott N. and Linda J. Kim. 2007. “The Dilemmas and Contradictions of Gettin’ Paid.” In Dana Brooks and Ronald Althouse (eds.) Racism in College Athletics: The African American Athletes’ Experience 2 nd edition. Pps. 295-309, Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology Inc.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Graduate School of Education
1207 Sproul Hall

Tel: (951) 827-5234
Fax: (951) 827-3942


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