Faculty Experts - Rick Eckstein, Ph.D.

Rick Eckstein, Ph.D.

Rick Eckstein, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Sociology;
Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Lindback Teaching Award Recipient 1999
2012 Excellence in Teaching Award for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Area of Expertise:

  • Sports and Society
  • Social Inequality and Poverty
  • Labor and Unions


Dr. Eckstein is an experienced media commentator on the complex issues surrounding the construction of publicly financed sports stadiums and the relationships to the communities in which they are built. He has been quoted numerous times on the subject by leading media outlets including Newsday and The New York Times, and has spoken about stadium public policy in radio and television interviews. Dr. Eckstein has also published research and given conference presentations on issues of inequality in the workplace.


  • Ph.D., SUNY, Stony Brook
  • B.A., Marietta College

Selected Publications

  • Eckstein, Rick and Kevin Delaney, Public Dollars, Private Stadiums: The Battle over Building Sports Stadiums, Rutgers University Press, 2003.
  • Eckstein, Rick, Nuclear Power and Social Power, Temple University Press, 1997.
  • Eckstein, Rick, "The Surprising Face of Racist Attitudes," Journal for Peace and Justice Studies, Vol. 16 (1), pp. 78-88, 2007.
  • Eckstein, Rick and Kevin Delaney, "Urban Power Structures and Publicly Financed Stadiums," Sociological Forum, Vol. 22 (3), pp. 331-353, 2007.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Professor, Villanova University Department of Sociology
  • Staff Director, Villanova University Center for Peace & Justice Education
  • Manuscript reviewer for publications including Social Science Quarterly, Humanity and Society and the Journal of Sport and Social Issues.

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