Evan T. Baughman

Evan Baughman Portrait

Position Title
Ph.D. Candidate

Social Sciences and Humanities 292


  • M.A., Sociology, UC Davis, 2021
  • B.A., Religion and Sociology, Bowdoin College, 2017


Evan studies disability sport and disabled athletes. His Qualifying Paper research examined the role that Paralympians played in developing their sports from a form of medical rehabilitation into elite sport. Evan's dissertation research investigates the educational benefits of participation in competitive intercollegiate wheelchair basketball for disabled student-athletes.


b&W photo of people in wheelchairs playing with a ball

men para-athletes competing in basketball

Research Focus

Sociology of Disability, the Paralympic Movement, Disability Sport, Medicalization, Theory, Qualitative Methods


Under Review:

  • "Athletes, not Patients: Disabled Athletes’ Struggle to De-Medicalize the Paralympic Games.” Disability & Society.

Current Projects:

  • "The Effects of Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball on Education Outcomes for Disabled Student-Athletes"
  • "Mechanisms of Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball’s Effect on Educational Experiences for Disabled Student-Athletes"
  • "Paralympian Intermediate Activism and Advancement of High-Performance Paralympic Sport"
  • "ADHD as Contested Illness: Media Critiques of Medicalization and Pharmaceuticalization"


Associate Instructor:

  • SOC 146: Sociology of Religion

Teaching Assistant:

  • SOC 001: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 100: Origins of Modern Sociological Theory
  • SOC 122: Sociology of Adolescence
  • SOC 124: Education and Inequality
  • SOC 162: Culture, Society, and Health
  • SOC 164: Health Policy


  • 2024 - Emerging Scholar Award - Sport & Society
  • 2022 - Graduate Student Association Travel Award - UC Davis
  • 2019 - Dean’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowship - UC Davis
  • 2017 - Lydia Bell Award for Initiative in Public Service - Bowdoin College
  • 2016 - Grua/O’Connell Research Award - Bowdoin College