Marissa Kiss

Marissa Kiss

Marissa Kiss

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Immigration, Inequality, Race, and Sports

Marissa Kiss, PhD, earned her doctorate in Sociology at George Mason University in 2020. Her dissertation, Baseball: The (Inter) National Pastime, examined immigrant Major League Baseball players and immigration policy. Dr. Kiss is currently Co-Principal Investigator on the recently funded AmeriCorps project which examines immigrants, athletes, and civic engagement. This project aims to determine if contact and engagement with immigrant athletes fosters more positive attitudes towards immigrants off the playing field. Her primary research interests include immigration, inequality, race, and sports.

Selected Publications


Smith, E., Hattery, A. J., Kiss, M., & Foltz, K. E. (2023). Re-Conceptualizing Kaepernick’s Kneeling Protests and His Banishment From the NFL as an Infringement on His “Right to Work.” Journal of Black Studies, 54(6), 469-489. 

Smith, J., Pocratsky, B., Kiss, M., and Suero, C. (2021). Streaming Popular Feminism: Netflix’s Jessica Jones as Feminist Hero. Studies in Popular Culture, 43(2), 104–129.

Hattery, A.J., Kiss, M., Smith, E. (2019). Always the Bridesmaid and Never the Bride: Women’s and Minorities Coaching Opportunities in Intercollegiate Sports. Journal of Higher Education Athletics & Innovation, 1(5):37-47.

Mbaba, M., Brown, S., Wooditch, A., Kiss, M., Murphy, A., Kumari, S., Taxman, F., Altice, F., Lawson, W.B., and Springer, S.A. (2018). Prevalence, Diagnosis, and Treatment Rates of Mood Disorders among Opioid Users under Criminal Justice Supervision. Substance Use & Misuse, 1-10.

Wooditch, A, Mbaba, M., Kiss, M., Lawson, W., Taxman, F., and Altice, F.L. (2017). Housing Experiences among Opioid-Dependent, Criminal Justice-Involved Individuals in Washington, D.C. Journal of Urban Health, 1-10. 


Witte, J. and Kiss, M. (2022, July 26). Immigrant athletes can become agents of change. Richmond Times-Dispatch. Available at:

Smith, E. and Kiss, M. (2021, April 1). Why are there so few Black American players in MLB 74 years after Jackie Robinson took the field? The Philadelphia Inquirer. Available at:

Kiss, M. and Witte, J.C. (2019, July 11). The Streak(s) Continue: Immigrant Players Bring Baseball Victories, The Bridge. Available at:

Witte, J.C. and Kiss, M. (2019, July 3). Predicting the Outcome of the 2019 MLB All-Star Game: Immigrant Ball Players Are a Key Factor, InsideSources. Available at:


Expanded Publication List


Hattery, A.J, Smith, E., Foltz, K., Kiss, M. (2023, April 4). Ineffective policies for gender-based violence in sports result in a lack of accountability. The Brookings Institution. Available at:

Kiss, M., Smith, E., and Hattery, A. (2023, January 9). Black Interim Head Coaches in the NFL. The Society Pages. Available at:


Smith, J., Pocratsky, B., Kiss, M., and Suero, C. (2019). “Chapter 7. Programming Gendered Content: Industry, Post-feminism, and Netflix’s Serialized Exposition of Jessica Jones” In the Netflix at the Nexus: Content, Practice, and Production in the Age of Streaming Television edited by T. Plothe and A. Buck.

Kiss, M., Del Principe, S., and Taxman, F.S. (2019). “Traditional and Innovative Reentry Approaches and Interventions.” In the Wiley International Handbook of Correctional Psychology, edited by D. Polaschek, A. Day, and C. Hollin. West Sussex, UK: Wiley.

Witte, J., Kiss, M. and Lynn, R (2013). “The Internet and social inequalities in the U.S.” Pp. 67-84 in The Digital Divide: The Internet and social inequality in international perspective, edited by M. Ragnedda and G.W. Muschert. New York, NY: Routledge.

In the Media

Rose, Vanessa Ivy, host. "The Forgotten League, Ep. 6. 'A White Man's Sport'. Reclaimed: The Forgotten League, ABC News. October 30, 2023.

Walker, Teresa M., Campbell, Dave, and Dubow, Josh. (2023, January 5). Family ties have long run strong in the ranks of NFL coaches. AP News.

Schad, Tom. (2022, October 15). What's in it for interims? Carolina's Steve Wilks latest Black coach thrust into challenging role. USA Today.

Starr, Stephen (2020, September 14). Can Small-Town America Survive Pandemic's Hit to Minor League Baseball? OZY.

Kiss, M. and Witte, J.C. (2020, May 22). America’s International Pastime [Radio broadcast]. With Good Reason Radio.