Assistant Professor

Auditorium Annex A 156G
1924 West Mall
Vancouver, V6T 1Z2
University of Toronto , 2009, Ph. D.
University of Ottawa, 2000, MA
York University , 1997, B.Kine(Hons.)
Courses Taught
KIN 489 Indigenous Studies in Kinesiology

Research Interests




Research: I use a socio-cultural approach to the study of youth, gender (masculinity, in particular), health, and physical culture. I have also done extensive research using critical and feminist theories to examine how differently situated people take up and experience health messaging related to body weight, shape and size within the context of the “obesity epidemic”. Recently, my research has shifted into the area of Indigenous masculinities. With this line of inquiry I am learning about Indigenous worldviews and increasingly incorporating Indigenous methodologies into my research. I also maintain secondary but active research interests in rurality and recreation.

I am currently the principal investigator on a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) funded project that uses a community-based research design to collaboratively explore Indigenous masculinities and physical cultures in Fisher River Cree Nation (Manitoba). I am also a co-applicant on a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) grant that examines how health professionals, parents, and youth discursively construct sexual health, particularly in relation to the the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine.


Moola, F. & Norman, M. E. (in press). On judgement day: Anorexic and obese women’s phenomenological experience of the body, food and eating. Feminism & Psychology. 

Norman, M. E., Petherick, L., Garcia, E., Giesbrecht, G., & Duhamel, T. (2016). Governing Indigenous recreation: A critical analysis of an after school active health intervention. Sport, Education & Society, DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2016.1155443.

Norman, M. E. & Rail, G. (2016). Encountering fat others, embodying the thin self: Young women’s emotional orientations to fatness. Subjectivity. DOI: 10.1057/s41286-016-0005-7.

Norman, M. E., Petherick, L., Garcia, E., Glazebrook, C., Giesbrecht, G. & Duhamel, T. (2015). Examining the more-than-built environments of a northern Manitoban community: Re-Conceptualizing rural Indigenous mobilities. Journal of Rural Studies, 42: 166-178.

Lafrance, M., Lafrance, S. & Norman, M. E. (2015). Life lessons: Learning about what it means to be fat in the North American Media. Cultural Studies: Critical Methodologies, 15:5: 350-360.


Norman, M. E. & Power, N. (2015). Stuck between ‘the rock’ and a hard place: Rural crisis and re-imagining rural Newfoundland feminine subjectivities. Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 22(1): 50-66.

Norman, M. E., Rail, G. & Jette, S. (2014). Moving subjects, feeling bodies: Emotion and Subjectification in the Canadian Reality TV series Village on a Diet. The Fat Studies Journal: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight & Society, 3(1): 17-31.  

Moola, F., Norman, M. E., Petherick, L. & Stachan, S. (2014). Teaching across the lines of fault in psychology and sociology: Health, obesity and physical activity in the Canadian context. Sociology of Sport Journal, 31(2): 202-27. 

Power, N., Norman, M. E. & Dupre, K. (2014). “The fishery went away”. The impacts of long-term fishery closures on young people’s experience and perception of fisheries employment in Newfoundland coastal communities. Ecology & Society: A Journal of Integrative Science for Resilience and Sustainability, 19(3): DOI:

Power, N., Norman, M. E. & Dupre, K. (2013). Exploring emotional geographies with rural youth: How photovoice and words alone methods tell different stories of place. Journal of Youth Studies. Retrieved from:

Norman, M. E. (2013). Dere’s not just one kind of fat’: Embodying the ‘skinny’-self through constructions of the fat masculine-Other. Men and Masculinities, 16(4): 407-31. 

Moola, F. & Norman, M. E. (2012). Transcending “hoop dreams,” considering carnality/corporeality, intersections and crossroads and discursive possibilities. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 4(2): 284-295. 

Norman, M. E. (2011). Embodying the double-bind of masculinity: Young men and discourses of normalcy, health, heterosexuality and individualism. Men and Masculinities, 14(4): 430-449. 

Norman, M. E., Power, N. & Dupre, K. (2011). Playing in the woods: Youth, leisure and the performance of gender relations in rural Newfoundland. Annals of Leisure Research, 14(2-3): 141-61. 

Norman, M. E. & Moola, F. (2011). Bladerunner or boundary runner? Oscar Pistorius, cyborg transgressions, and strategies of containment. Sport and Society, 14(9): 1267-82 .

Moola, F. J. & Norman, M. E. (2011). “Down the rabbit hole”: Enhancing the transition process for youth with cystic fibrosis and congenital heart disease by re-imagining the future and time. Child: Care, Health & Development, 37(6): 841-851.


Norman, M. E. & Hart, M. A. (In press). Moving between world views: Indigenous physical cultures as seen through Indigenous eyes. In B. Smith & A. C. Sparkes (eds.) International Handbook of Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise. New York: Routledge.

Cameron, E., Norman, M. E., & Petherick, L. (In press). Shifting stories of size: Disrupting weight-based oppression in physical education through critical obesity scholarship. In K. Armour, A. Chen, A. Garn, E. Mauerberg-deCastro, D. Penney, S. Silverman, M. Solomon, & R. Tinning (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Physical Education, New York: Routledge.

Petherick, L., Norman, M. E. & Rail, G. (In press). Manufacturing (parental) consent: A critical analysis of the HPVV informed consent process in Ontario, Canada. In S. Dagakas & L. Burrows (eds.) Families, Young People, Physical Activity & Health, New York: Routledge.

Norman, M. E., Rail, G. & Jette, S. (2016). Screening the un-scene: De-constructing the (bio)politics of story telling in a Reality Makeover weight loss series. In D. McPhail, J. Ellison & W. Mitchinson (Eds.) Obesity in Canada: Historical and Critical Perspectives. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Norman, M. E. & Petherick, L. (2016). The enemy within: Teaching ‘hard knowledges’ about ‘soft bodies’ in a Kinesiology faculty. In E. Carter & C. Russell (Eds.) The Fat Pedagogy Reader: Challenging Weight-Based Oppression in Education. Peter Lang Publishers.