Dr. Andrew M. Colombo-Dougovito
Associate Professor at UNT
Creator of the ADAPTED Project
Host of Disability, Movement, Etcetera
Throughout my scholarship, teaching, and service commitments, I have sought to establish authentic collaboration with community partners and key stakeholders in order to promote pragmatic, yet transformative, solutions to the multiple marginalizations experienced by disabled individuals and their families throughout their lifetime. My research praxis focuses on critically examining the systemic social and political forces governing accessibility to sport and physical activity as well as capturing the seen and unseen influences of “society” on individual actions. Using a pragmatic ontology and radical epistemology, I situate my work within ‘DisCrit’ scholarship—engaging both qualitative and quantitative methods—to produce research that closely aligns with the self-identified community needs so that individuals have greater agency in their physical pursuits and practitioners are able to provide equal opportunities to community members at the intersection of multiple marginalizations.
Presently, I am an Associate Professor at the University of North Texas. There, I also act as the Director of the Physical Activity & Motor Skills Program and as the Head of the Disability & Movement Research Collective. Currently, I serve on the Advocacy and Policy Committee for the National Consortium for Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPEID), and I am a member of the editorial board member for, both, PALAESTRA and Revista de Sobama: Journal of the Brazilian Association of Adapted Motor Activity.
When not working, I can be found outside—mountain biking, climbing, hiking, and spending time with family.
In September 2022, I gave a TEDx talk, “We live in a disabling society…but we don’t have to”, in Denton, TX hosted by the University of North Texas.
Click play below to hear the most recent episode of my podcast, Disability, Movement, Etcetera. Every other Monday, my cohost and I have conversations about our built world at the intersection of disability, sport, and broader culture.. Listen to past and future episodes just about anywhere you can find podcasts!
The above represents only some of my scholarly work, specifically that from the past year. Use the links to see a larger sample of my scholarship or dig into my entire portfolio.