Monika Stodolska is a Professor in the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
She received her Ph.D. 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 co-edited Race, Ethnicity, and Leisure with Gordon Walker, Kim Shinew, and Myron Floyd.
Monika’s leisure activities include hiking in the mountains of Montana, skiing, and adventure travel.