Elisabeth “Lis” Erickson is an Associate Professor of Sport Management. Before joining Lindenwood in 2022, she spent eight years at McKendree University, where she grew the Sport Management program from 25 students in 2014 to 90 on-campus majors, while also serving as the Associate Chair of the School of Business. An Iowa native, Erickson worked in communications and fundraising in college athletics (Division I and Division III) and Major League Baseball before earning her Ph.D.
Lis' research interests center on women in sport and representation. Her dissertation, "Outrunning cancer: Marathons, money, and morality," focused on philanthropic fitness events and the women who run marathons to raise money for breast cancer charities. She has done work on media representations of women in sport, including a chapter on NBA executive Allison Feaster in a forthcoming book through the University of Nebraska Press, African Americans in Boston Sports: Essays on History, Race, and Representation, edited by Douglas Stark and Robert Cvornyek.
Lis received a B.A. in Communication Arts from Wartburg College, an M.S. in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a Ph.D. in Health and Sport Studies from the University of Iowa.