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Courtney Szto

PhD candidate (Simon Fraser University), MSc. (University of Toronto), BHK (University of British Columbia).

Research Interests: sport, media, identity politics, intersectionality, (ethical) consumption, corporate social responsibility, sport for development and peace, social justice, citizenship, new media, environmental justice and labour issues.

I am currently pursing my doctorate at Simon Fraser University in the School of Communication under the supervision of Dr. Richard Gruneau.  My research focuses on South Asian experiences in ice hockey as it relates to cultural citizenship and post-9/11 race relations 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 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.

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 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 have been on the Board-of-Directors for the United Nations Association in Canada – Vancouver Branch since 2005, currently serving as Past President.  I recently completed a two-year term as a Graduate Student Representative for the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport.

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