Kicking Center

In Kicking Center: Gender and the Selling of Women’s Professional Soccer (Rutgers University Press, 2018), Rachel Allison ’07 investigates a women’s soccer league seeking to break into the male-dominated center of U.S. professional sport. Allison details the complex constructions of race, class, gender, and sexuality in the selling and marketing of women’s soccer in a half-changed sports landscape characterized by both progress and backlash, and where professional sports are still understood to be men’s territory. Allison is an assistant professor of sociology and faculty affiliate of gender studies at Mississippi State University in Starkville.