Daniel L. Wann, Ph.D.

Dr. Daniel Wann


My research program centers on the psychology of sport fandom. In particular, I am interested in the causes and consequences of sport team identification (i.e., the extent to which a fan feels a psychological connection to a team). Currently, I am investigating the following topics as they relate to team identification: fan/spectator aggression, the psychological well-being of fans, the strategies used by fans to cope with their team’s poor performance, behavioral loyalty (e.g., attendance), fan superstitions, and the socialization of sport fans.

In addition to the research listed in my vitae, here are some examples of recent student research projects and theses that I have directed:

  • It’s not the score, I’m just a jerk!
  • A Courtside View of Fan Influence
  • But Sister Jean Never Flips Off the Refs: The Contrasting Influence of Team Identification and Fan Dysfunction on the Hostile and Verbal Aggression of Collegiate Basketball Fans
  • The Few, the Proud, the Distinct: The Relationship Between Belonging and Distinctiveness in Sport Team Choice

Curriculum vitae