Monika Stodolska - Author

Monika Stodolska is a Brightbill/Sapora professor in the Department of Recreation, Sport, and Tourism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

She received her PhD in Earth and Atmospheric sciences from the University of Alberta, Canada. Her research focuses on issues of cultural change and quality of life, and their relationship to leisure behavior among ethnic and racial minorities.

She explores subjects such as the adaptation processes among minority groups, the effects of leisure on identity development among immigrants, and transnationalism.

Other subjects that are prominent in her research include ethnic and racial discrimination in leisure settings, recreation behavior of minority populations in natural environments, physical activity among minority groups, and constraints on leisure.

In 2013, Monika was elected to the Academy of Leisure Sciences and in 2014 she coedited Race, Ethnicity, and Leisure with Gordon Walker, Kim Shinew, and Myron Floyd, and in 2016, Leisure Matters: The State and Future of Leisure Studies.

In her leisure time, she plays with her dogs and hikes, skis, and snowmobiles in the mountains of Montana. 

The Leisure Matters books are intended as introductory-level textbooks for graduate students interested in research and theory in recreation and leisure studies.


Leisure Matters: Exploring Leisure in a Changing World 4th ed



Leisure Matters