Monika Stodolska

Year Elected ALS Fellow: 
Highest Degree: 
Ph.D., University of Alberta, 1999
Current Position: 
Professor and Associate Head for Academic Affairs, Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism, University of Illinois

Dr. Stodolska’s research focuses on issues of cultural change, quality of life, and their relationship to leisure behavior of ethnic and racial minorities.

She explores subjects such as the adaptation processes among minority groups, recreation behavior of minority populations in natural environments, physical activity among minority groups, as well as constraints on leisure.

Dr. Stodolska’s research has been funded by the USDA Forest Service, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kraft Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and National Recreation and Park Association.

She has co-edited books on Race, Ethnicity and Leisure with Drs. Shinew, Floyd and Walker and Leisure Matters: The State and Future of Leisure Studies with Drs. Walker and Scott.

Her research has also been published in Journal of Leisure Research, Leisure Sciences, Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, Leisure/Loisir, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Social Science Quarterly, Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies and other outlets.

Dr. Stodolska has served as an associate editor of the Journal of Leisure Research since 2001 and of Leisure/Loisir since 2003. In 2011 and 2012 she served as a co-chair of the NRPA Leisure Research Symposium.