About

201933857770041693-Szto, C

I am a qualitative researcher who focuses on issues of social justice from an intersectional perspective. I am an Assistant Professor at Queen’s University (c.szto@queensu.ca) and my work largely engages with groups who seek to create anti-oppressive resistance in sporting spaces.

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), and won the Outstanding Book Award at the 2021 North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Annual Conference. 

I recently executive produced a short documentary called “Revolutions,” which explores the waste created by bike production and consumption. The film is currently on the film festival circuit.

You can find my peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Third World Quarterly, Sociology of Sport Journal, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, Sport in Society, South Asian Popular Culture, and Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health.

I am also the Managing Editor for Hockey in Society, an Associate Editor for Engaging Sports, and on the Editorial Board for the Sociology of Sport Journal. 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 my volunteer life, I serve as the Co-Chair for the Queen’s University Athletics and Recreation’s Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigenization Task Force, and am a member of Black Girl Hockey Club’s Advisory Board. From 2005-2019, I sat on the Board-of-Directors for the United Nations Association in Canada – Vancouver Branch.

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