Courtney Szto, Assistant Professor, Queen’s University (c.szto@queensu.ca)

PhD – Simon Fraser University, School of Communications

MSc – University of Toronto, Department of Exercise Sciences

BHK – University of British Columbia, School of Human Kinetics

Research Interests: physical cultures, media, intersectionality/intersectional justice, (ethical) consumption, corporate social responsibility, sport for development and peace, (cultural) citizenship, new media, fat activism, athlete activism, and labour issues.

My doctoral research focused on South Asian experiences in ice hockey as it relates to cultural citizenship and post-9/11 racial discrimination in Canada.  My Master’s research was a discourse analysis of the corporate social responsibility partnership between UNESCO and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) for global gender equality.

I am currently undertaking two separate research projects. The first project is an extension of my doctoral research and explores the development of South Asian-specific hockey programs in Canada as a response to racism within the hockey system. The second project is a SSHRC funded sociological analysis and short documentary project examining the waste caused by the design, production, and consumption of sporting goods.

I have published peer-reviewed articles in Third World Quarterly, Sociology of Sport Journal, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, Sport in Society, and Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. My doctoral research is under contract to be published as a monograph with Rutgers University Press.

Outside of academic writing, I write for my own blog The Rabbit Hole, which focuses on providing socio-cultural commentary on issues that pertain to sport, physical activity, and health.  I am also the Assistant Editor for Hockey in Society and an Associate Editor for Engaging Sports.

In 2014, I started a social media campaign called Offside Plays.  It is inspired by Laura Bates’ Everyday Sexism project that seeks to expose the prevalence and ubiquity of sexual harassment and gender inequality.  However, Offside Plays expands its scope beyond exposing sexism to include racism, homophobia and any other form of discrimination that occurs in the realms of physical culture.  It seeks to provide a safe space for storytelling and serve as a platform for research by providing an archive of struggle.

In my volunteer life, I served on the Board-of-Directors for the United Nations Association in Canada – Vancouver Branch from 2005-2018. I was also the Graduate Student Representative for the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport.


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