Research Team

Meet our Researchers

Athlete Ally Staff

Dr. Anna Baeth (she/her)

Director of Research

Anna Baeth, Ph.D., is the Director of Research for Athlete Ally. Baeth (she/her) is a feminist sport scholar from Frederick, Maryland. Baeth has a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Kinesiology with a focus on Sport Sociology. While there, she was a research assistant in the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport and examined the experiences of NCAA D-I women coaches with career longevity via a Graduate Student Research Grant from the NCAA. Baeth is a coach and advocate for cultural awareness in sport spaces. Holding an M.S. in Exercise and Sport Studies from Smith College (MA), Baeth has been an assistant lacrosse coach at Hamline University (MN), head field hockey coach at Oberlin College and Conservatory (OH), and assistant field hockey / lacrosse coach at Mount Holyoke College (MA). She holds a Level IV Coaching Certification through the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education and is a Level II Accredited Coach through US Field Hockey. Baeth graduated from Swarthmore College (PA) with a degree in Sociology and Anthropology, Peace Studies, and Educational Studies, where she played field hockey and lacrosse and where she founded the not-for-profit Chester Neighborhood Bike Works.

Currently, Baeth is liaison to HBCUs with NCAA Division-I athletics:

Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University
Alabama State University
Alcorn State University
Coppin State University
Delaware State University
Florida A&M University
Grambling State University
Hampton University
Howard University
Jackson State University
Mississippi Valley State University
Morgan State University
Norfolk State University
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
North Carolina Central University
Prairie View A&M University
South Carolina State University
Southern University
Tennessee State University
Texas Southern University
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
University of Maryland Eastern Shore

adidas x Athlete Ally AEI Fellows

Abigail Kurtz (she/they)

adidas x Athlete Ally AEI Fellow | Senior Associate of AEI Communications & Collaborations

Abigail Kurtz is studying community organization for violence prevention at Penn State University. They have been teaching writing and developing inclusive curriculum for students in high school through college since 2013. In 2020, she joined the adidas x AEI research fellows. Since then, they have focused on developing resources and ongoing meetings for religiously affiliated institutions as well as forming partnerships with other organizations and managing communications around the AEI.

Abigail is liaison to the following schools:

Abilene Christian University
American University
Baylor University
Belmont University
Bethune-Cookman University
Binghamton University
Boston College
Brigham Young University
California Baptist University
Campbell University
Canisius College
Charleston Southern University
College of the Holy Cross
Creighton University
Davidson College
DePaul University
Duke University
Fairfield University
Fordham University
Gardner–Webb University
Georgetown University
Gonzaga University
Grand Canyon University
High Point University
Houston Baptist University
Iona College
La Salle University
Lafayette College
Liberty University
Lipscomb University
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University Maryland
Manhattan College
Marist College
Marquette University
Mercer University
Merrimack College
Monmouth University
Mount St. Mary’s University
Niagara University
Oral Roberts University
Pepperdine University
Presbyterian College
Providence College
Sacred Heart University
Saint Francis University
Saint Joseph’s University
Saint Louis University
Saint Mary’s College of California
Saint Peter’s University
Samford University
Santa Clara University
Seattle University
Seton Hall University
Siena College
Southern Methodist University
St. Bonaventure University
St. Francis College
St. John’s University
Syracuse University
Texas Christian University
University of Dayton
University of Detroit Mercy
University of Evansville
University of Notre Dame
University of Portland
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
University of the Incarnate Word
University of the Pacific
University of Tulsa
Valparaiso University
Villanova University
Wagner College
Wofford College
Xavier University

Dr. Joanna Line (she/her)

adidas x Athlete Ally AEI Fellow

Jo Line (she/her/hers) studies sport from a feminist cultural studies perspective with the aim of helping teams maximize their collective capacity. Her primary focus is inclusive leadership development in college sport. In addition to working with Athlete Ally, Jo is an Assistant Professor of Sport Management at Hiram College. Jo’s experience also includes eight years of collegiate coaching at Bowling Green State University (BGSU), Smith College, and the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She also has coached several community running programs. Jo earned a Ph.D. in American Culture Studies with a concentration in ethnicity, gender, and social identities from BGSU, an M.S. in Exercise and Sport Studies from Smith College, and a B.A. in French and Biology from Oberlin College. At Oberlin, Jo earned seven NCAA All-American honors in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track during her tenure. After graduating, she was awarded a Watson Fellowship to explore the experiences of women runners in different cultural contexts, during which she trained and competed with teams around the world, in countries including Ethiopia, France, Norway, and Singapore. She continues to train and compete in races, ranging from 5ks to marathons.

Jo is liaison to the following schools:

Bradley University
Brown University
Butler University
California Polytechnic State University
California State University, Bakersfield
California State University, Fullerton
California State University, Long Beach
California State University, Northridge
Cleveland State University
College of Charleston
College of William & Mary
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Drake University
Drexel University
Elon University
Harvard University
Hofstra University
Illinois State University
Indiana State University
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
Iowa State University
James Madison University
Kansas State University
McNeese State University
Missouri State University
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Nicholls State University
Northeastern University
Northern Kentucky University
Northwestern State University
Oakland University
Princeton University
Purdue University Fort Wayne
Robert Morris University
Southeastern Louisiana University
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Stony Brook University
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi
Texas Tech University
Towson University
University at Albany, SUNY
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Riverside
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Central Florida
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Houston
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Kansas
University of Maine
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
University of Massachusetts Lowell
University of New Hampshire
University of New Orleans
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
University of Northern Iowa
University of Pennsylvania
University of Vermont
University of Wisconsin–Green Bay
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
Wright State University
Yale University
Youngstown State University

Milana Socha (she/her)

adidas x Athlete Ally AEI Fellow

Milana Socha is the Head Coach at Dartmouth College for men’s and women’s swimming & diving. She previously served on the BigTen Equality Coalition and Northwestern University’s JEDI Education & Engagement committee. Milana graduated with an M.S. in Exercise and Sport Studies from Smith College after receiving a B.A. in Geology from Carleton College. At Carleton she earned All-American Honorable Mention designation and was a 13x All-Conference selection in swimming while also competing in cross country & track for two years.

Milana is liaison to the following schools:

Austin Peay State University
Ball State University
Bellarmine University
Boise State University
Bowling Green State University
California State University, Fresno
California State University, Sacramento
Central Michigan University
Colorado State University
Eastern Illinois University
Eastern Kentucky University
Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Washington University
Florida Gulf Coast University
Idaho State University
Jacksonville State University
Jacksonville University
Kennesaw State University
Kent State University
Miami University
Montana State University
Morehead State University
Murray State University
Northern Arizona University
Northern Illinois University
Ohio University
Portland State University
San Diego State University
San Jose State University
Southeast Missouri State University
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Stetson University
Tennessee Technological University
The Citadel
United States Air Force Academy (Air Force)
United States Military Academy (Army)
United States Naval Academy (Navy)
University at Buffalo
University of Akron
University of Central Arkansas
University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Idaho
University of Montana
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
University of Nevada, Reno
University of New Mexico
University of North Alabama
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
University of North Florida
University of Northern Colorado
University of Tennessee at Martin
University of Toledo
University of Wyoming
Utah State University
Virginia Military Institute
Weber State University
Western Michigan University

Ryan Socolow (he/him)

adidas x Athlete Ally AEI Fellow

Ryan Socolow graduated from Endicott College with a B.A. in Sociology & Gender Studies and a minor in Psychology. He completed an M.S. degree at Springfield College in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Ryan played lacrosse at Endicott, earning 4 consecutive conference championship victories and their first NCAA tournament win. He also founded and was president of the college’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance for 4 years. Ryan has coached at the high school and collegiate levels while presenting across the US and internationally on LGBTQ+ athletes and inclusion efforts. He loves to work collaboratively while sharing and developing resources. His research has focused on trans college athletes and supportive athletic environments, allyship, and policy. When not at his computer, you can find him hiking with his dog, Spud!

Ryan is liaison to the following schools:

Yanina Vargas (she/her)

adidas x Athlete Ally AEI Fellow

Yanina has held senior level positions in higher education administration and has been involved in diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives throughout her career. She has experience overseeing complex organizational systems and developing communication plans under principles of collective leadership. Currently, in addition to her role an adidas x AEI Fellow at Athlete Ally, she is also the Executive Co Director of a nonprofit organization that offers support and services for survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

Dr. Sam Winemiller (he/him)

adidas x Athlete Ally AEI Fellow | Senior Associate of Data & Research Initiatives

Sam is responsible for a variety of initiatives in the research division of Athlete Ally, including coordination of the annual Athlete Ally Exchange (AAX), management of the AEI database, and liaising with a number of NCAA athletic departments. Sam is a feminist cultural studies scholar working to make sports and recreation more welcoming to all people. He earned his PhD in kinesiology and sport studies from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, after earning his master’s in sport management at the University of Florida, and is now working on his master’s in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to graduate studies, Sam worked for six years in the outdoor industry in the mountains of North Carolina.

Sam is liaison to the following schools:

We are grateful to adidas for their sponsorship of the adidas x Athlete Ally Research Fellowship.