"Sportswashing" Panel presented by CWA Speaker Series 

November 10th, 2022 

6:30-7:30pm at CASE Auditorium 

Join CU faculty and students as they discuss the issue of sportswashing! What is sportswashing you may ask? A fairly new term that surfaced in 2015 with regards to Azerbaijan's hosting of the European Games, the Wikipedia definition of sportswashing is "a term used to criticize the practice of individuals, groups, corporations, or governments using sports to improve reputations tarnished by wrongdoing. Sportswashing can be accomplished through hosting sporting events, purchasing or sponsoring sporting teams, or participating in a sport". Given the recent activity of the Saudi Public Investment Fund and the controversy surrounding LIV Golf, sportswashing has become a prominent topic in today's media.

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Meet our panel participants: 

Amit Bhattacharjee | Leeds School of Business 


Amit Bhattacharjee is an Associate Professor of Marketing at the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder. He earned his Ph.D. in Marketing from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Leeds, he served as an Associate Professor at INSEAD, an Assistant Professor at Erasmus University, and a visiting scholar at New York University and Dartmouth College.

Amit's research investigates how moral psychology shapes consumers' marketplace judgments and behaviors. Current topics of interest include lay economic reasoning, perceptions of inequality and market fairness, judgments about the relationship between morality and job performance, symbolic consumption and signals of consumer and producer authenticity, and perceptions of consumer welfare and well-being. His work has appeared in several top business and psychology journals (such as Journal of Consumer ResearchOrganizational Behavior and Human Decision ProcessesHarvard Business ReviewJournal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Journal of Experimental Psychology: General), and is regularly covered by global media outlets (such as New York Times, Wall Street JournalWashington PostAtlantic, and NPR). Amit’s research was recognized with the Journal of Consumer Research Best Article Award in 2017, and he was selected as a Marketing Science Institute Young Scholar in 2019.


Joe Jupille | College of Arts and Sciences - Political Science 

JJJoe Jupille (Ph.D, University of Washington) is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, Faculty Research Associate at the Institute of Behavioral Science, and CU-Boulder’s Faculty Athletics Representative to the Pac-12 and the NCAA. He teaches broadly across European, comparative and international politics at undergraduate and graduate levels. A specialist in the European Union (EU), his research engages the reciprocal relations of rules and politics.

He has written Procedural Politics: Issues, Influence and Institutional Choice in the European Union (2004), Institutional Choice and Global Commerce (2013, with Walter Mattli and Duncan Snidal), and Theories of Institutions (2022, with James A. Caporaso), all with Cambridge University Press. His next book project traces the endogenous development of EU institutions over the long run. His articles have appeared in Annual Review of Political ScienceComparative Political StudiesEuropean Political Science ReviewInternational Organization, and West European Politics.


Student Moderator: Aaron Gafari | CWA Student Program Chair 

AG headshotAaron Gafari is a senior at the University of Colorado Boulder studying political science and philosophy. He has formerly chaired the CWA International Affairs committee and is the current CWA Student Program Chair. He also serves as the Executive Vice Chair for the International Affairs Student Advisory Board.