Research opportunity calls for Muslim women with love of sports

Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — Local Muslim women who are sports fans are invited to participate in a research project being conducted by an Ohio State University graduate student.

OSU Cultural Anthropology graduate student Frances Sutton has been living in the Detroit area for a few weeks and is conducting her research until Aug. 6.

“There is very limited data that looks at fandom from a women’s point of view and also limited data from the point of view of Muslim women as sports fans,” Sutton said.

Women ages 18 and older who live in Wayne County and meets the requirements can contact Sutton via email at to set up an in-person interview that will last 45 minutes to a hour.

Sutton also said she is open to setting up interviews through the fall, past the Aug. 6 deadline, to accommodate research participants’ schedules.

“The interviews will be voluntary and will include questions about experiences in Dearborn; experiences with American football; and experiences as a female, Muslim football fan,” Sutton said.

Sutton is a cultural anthropologist and graduate student in the Department of Anthropology at OSU studying sports and culture in the United States.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at