Dr. Laura Burton
Associate Professor

Dr. Laura Burton is an Associate Professor of Sport Management in the Department of Educational Leadership at the Neag School of Education. She has been part of the Sport Management program at the University of Connecticut since September of 2004. Prior to her time at UConn, she was an assistant professor at North Carolina State University. Prior to her doctoral work at the University of Connecticut, Dr. Burton worked as a Certified Athletic Trainer and athletic administrator at Mt. St. Mary College in Newburgh, NY. Dr. Burton holds a PhD in Social Science of Sport, Sport Management from the University of Connecticut, an MS in Physical Education, Athletic Training Concentration from Illinois State University, and a BS in Biology from Fairfield University. Dr. Burton’s research interests include: how to increase women’s representation in leadership positions in sport management; and how the experience of sport participation influences women’s career progression in business management and sport management. She is also the Associate Editor of the Journal for Intercollegiate Sport. Dr. Burton is co-editor, with John Borland and Greg Kane, of one of the first textbooks focusing on leadership in sport, Sport Leadership in the 21st Century (Jones & Bartlett publishers). In 2009, The North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) awarded her a NASSM Research Grant for her project “Understanding the Role of Athletic Participation in Managerial Career Progression: An Evaluation through the Lens of Role Congruity Theory.”