Courtney Szto, Assistant Professor, Queen’s University (email@example.com)
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 first monograph, Changing on the Fly: Hockey through the voices of South Asian Canadians, was published by Rutgers University Press in October 2020 (Canadians can order through UBC Press). 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 leading a SSHRC Insight Development Grant with Dr. Brian Wilson (UBC) examining the waste caused by the design, production, and consumption of sporting goods. The main objectives of this project are to (1) make visible the amount of waste associated with bicycle production and consumption, (2) identify opportunities to reduce waste throughout the life cycle, and (3) test the viability of closed loop manufacturing for 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.
Outside of academic writing, I am also the Managing Editor for Hockey in Society, and an Associate Editor for Engaging Sports. I retired my own blog The Rabbit Hole in late 2018. The site focused on providing socio-cultural commentary on issues that pertain to sport, physical activity, and health.
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.