Distinguished University Scholar

War Memorial Gymnasium Room 214
6081 University Boulevard
Birmingham University , England, B.A., History and Physical Education
University of California at Los Angeles, M.Sc., Sociology and Kinesiology
University of British Columbia, Ed.D., Social Foundations of Education
University of Copenhagen, Honorary Doctorate in Science
Courses Taught
KIN 383 The Modern Olympics: POWER, Politics and Performance
KIN 489 Gender and Sport
Kin 580 Exercise, Body and Society
KIN 530 Directed Studies


Dr. Patricia Vertinsky is a Distinguished University Scholar and Professor of Kinesiology. She is a social and cultural historian working across the fields of women’s and gender history with a special interest on physical culture, physical education and modern dance. Her work focuses on the study of normalizing disciplinary regimes in kinesiology and sport science and the social, political, and scientific context in which they have been conceived and promoted. She is particularly interested in regimes of risk and the gendered body in relation to patterns of physical culture and globalization in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Dr. Vertinsky is an International Fellow of the American Academy of Kinesiology, Past-President of the North American Society of Sport History, and past Vice-President of the International Society for Physical Education and Sport History.

Research Interests


Social and cultural history of sport and physical activity: gender, race, aging and disability.


My research has been consistently funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and my currently funded projects focuses upon a new history of female physical education, including expressive movement, modern dance and somatic practices. In addition I have a series of current research projects with colleagues which examine Western biomedicine and traditional Chinese Medical approaches to exercise and weight control for older Chinese Canadian women as well as for pregnant and post-partum Chinese Canadian women.


Refereed Journals (from 2000)

Jette, Shannon, Patricia Vertinsky, and Cara Ng. “Balance and Biomedicine: Chinese-Canadian Women Negotiate Pregnancy-Related ‘Risk’ and Lifestyle Directives,” Health, Risk and Society, 2014.

Vertinsky, Patricia. “Yoga comes to American Physical Education: Josephine Rathbone and Corrective Physical Education.” Journal of Sport History, 14, 2, 2014.

Vertinsky, Patricia. “Ida Rubinstein: Dancing, Decadence and the Art of Beautiful Poses,” NASHIM: A Journal of Jewish Women’s Studiesand Gender Issues, 26, 2014, 122-146.

Vertinsky, Patricia. “Is There a ‘Beyond Patriarchy’ in Feminist Sport History?” Journal of Sport History, 39, 3, 2012:401-408

Vertinsky, Patricia. ‘Building the Body Beautiful’ in The Women’s League of Health and Beauty: Yoga and Female Agency in 1930’s Britain. Rethinking History, 16, 4, 2012: 1-26.

O’Connor, Eileen and Patricia Vertinsky, Special Issue on the History of Sports Medicine (with Canadian Bulletin of History of Medicine, 28, 2, 2011.

O’Connor, Eileen and Patricia Vertinsky, “Toward a Discernable History of Sports Medicine,” Canadian Bulletin of History of Medicine, 28, 2, 2011: 239-249

Jette, Shannon and Patricia Vertinsky, “Exercise is Medicine: Understanding the Exercise Beliefs and Practices of Older Chinese Women Immigrants in British Columbia, Canada, Journal of Aging Studies, 10, 2010.

Vertinsky, Patricia. “Isadora Goes to Europe as the Muse of Modernism: Modern Dance, Gender and the Active Female Body,” Journal of Sport History, 37, 1, 2010: 401-421.

Vertinsky, Patricia, “From Physical Educators to Mothers of the Dance: Margaret H’Doubler and Martha Hill,” International Journal of History of Sport, 27, 7, 2010: 1113-1132.

Vertinsky, Patricia. “On Being a Feminist Sport Historian,” thirdspace: A Journal of Feminist Theory and Culture, 9, 2, 2010.

Hoffman, Annette, Patricia Vertinsky and Shannon Jette, “Dear Dr Rogge: Die Skispringerinnen und die ‘Human Rights Issue,’” Sportwissenschaft : The German Journal of Sports Science 40, 1, 2010, 39-46.

Vertinsky, Patricia, Shannon Jette and Annette Hoffman, Skierinas in the Olympics: Gender Justice and Gender Politics at the Local, National and International Level over the Challenge of Women’s Ski Jumping,” Olympika, 18, 2009 : 25-56.

Vertinsky, Patricia. Catharine Beecher, in Burch, Susan (ed). Encyclopedia of American Disability History, New York: Facts on File Inc. 2009.

Sit,Cindy, Caren H.L.Lau and Patricia Vertinsky, Physical Activity and Self-Perceptions among Hong Kong Chinese with an Acquired Physical Disability,” Adapted Physical Activity Journal, 26, 2009, 321-335.

Vertinsky, Patricia. “Transatlantic Traffic in Expressive Movement: From Delsarte and Dalcroze to Margaret H’Doubler and Rudolf Laban,” International Journal of the History of Sport, 26, 13, 2009, 2031-2051.

Vertinsky, Patricia. “Mind the Gap (or Mending it): Qualitative Research and Interdisciplinarity in Kinesiology,” Quest, 61, 2009, 1-14.

Vertinsky, Patricia. “Weighs and Means: Examining the Surveillance of Fat Bodies through Physical Education Practices in the late 19th and Early 20th Centuries,” Journal of Sport History, 35, 3, 2008, 401-420.

Millington, Brad, Patricia Vertinsky, Ellexis Boyle and Brian Wilson, “Making Chinese/Canadian Masculinities in Vancouver’s Physical Education Curriculum,”   Sport, Education and Society, 13, 2, 2008, 195-214.

Vertinsky, Patricia, “What is Sports Medicine?,” Journal of Sport History, 34, 1, 2007, 401-410.

Vertinsky, Patricia. “Physique as Destiny: William H Sheldon, Barbara Honeyman Heath and the Struggle for Hegemony in the Science of Somatotyping,” Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin canadien d’histoire de la médicine, 24, 2, 2007, 291-316.

Vertinsky, Patricia. “Hitler Shook the Tree and England Collected the Apples: Comparing the Impact of Kurt Hahn and Rudolf von Laban on British Physical Education,” Sportwissennschaft, The German Journal of Sport Science 37, 2, 2007, 139-150.

Vertinsky, Patricia, Alison McManus and Cindy Sit, “Dancing Class: Schooling the Dance in Colonial and Postcolonial Hong Kong,” Sport, Education and Society, 12, 1, 2007, 73-92.

Boyle, Ellexis, Brad Millington and Patricia Vertinsky, “Representing the Female Pugilist: Narratives of Race, Gender and Disability in Million Dollar Baby,” Sociology of Sport Journal 23, 2, 2006, 99-116.

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Vertinsky, Patricia. “Power Geometries in Sporting Spaces and Places: The Paradoxes of Difference and Exclusion,” Le Genre du Sport, Clio: Histoire, Femmes et Sociétés 23, 2006, 75-91.

Vertinsky, Patricia. “Schooling the Dance: From Dance under the Swastika to Movement Education in the British Schools,” Journal of Sport History 31, 3, 2005, 401-423.

Vertinsky, Patricia. “Physical Education, Sport and the Making of Gendered Identities in Hong Kong,” Imeros, The Annual Journal of the Foundation of the Hellenic World, 5, 1, 2005, 99-112.

Job,Christiane and Patricia Vertinsky, “Breaking Traditions, and Swimming Out of Place: Gertrude Ederle and “The Greatest Sports Story in the World,” Stadion, International Journal of the History of Sport, 31, 1, 2005, 111 -134.

Vertinsky, Patricia and Thierry Terret, “Sport and Tradition – Tradition and Sport,” Stadion, International Journal of the History of Sport, 31, 1, 2005, 1-6.

Vertinsky, Patricia, Alison McManus, Cindy Sit and Yuk Kwong Liu, “The Gendering of Physical Education in Hong Kong: East, West or GlobalInternational Journal of History of Sport, 22, 5, 2005, 816-840.

Vertinsky, Patricia. “Roberta Park and the Impossible Dream: Keeping it Together for Physical Education and the Academy,” Journal of Sport History 30, 1, 2004, 73-99.

Vertinsky, Patricia. “The Erotic Gaze, Violence and ‘Booters with Hooters,’” Forum on Sport and the Erotic, Journal of Sport History 29, 3, 2003, 387-394.

Vertinsky, Patricia. “Embodying Normalcy: Anthropometry and the Long Arm of William Sheldon’s Somatotyping Project,” Journal of Sport History 29, 1, 2003, 95-133.

Vertinsky, Patricia. “A Sense of Place: Reading the Landscape of Sporting Life,” International Sports Studies, 23, 2002, 11-23.

Vertinsky, Patricia. “Sporting Women in the Public Gaze: Shattering the Master Narratives of Aging Female Bodies,” Canadian Woman Studies/ le cahiers de la femme 21, 3, 2002, 58-63.

Vertinsky, Patricia. “Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Feminism and Physical Culture,” International Journal of the History of Sport 18, 1, 2001, 55-72. Republished in Sharon Guthrie et al., Sport and Women: A College Text, Kendal/Hunt   Pub.Co. 2006.

Vertinsky, Patricia. “New Perspectives on Sport History and Aging,” Perspectives. The Multidisciplinary Series of Physical Education and Sport Science 2, 2001, 21-34.

Vertinsky, Patricia. “A Woman’s P(l)ace in the Marathon of Life: Feminist Perspectives on Physical Activity and Aging,” Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 8, 2000, 386-406.


Park, Roberta J. and Patricia Vertinsky. Women, Sport, Society: Further Reflections, Re-Affirming Mary Wollstonecraft (with Roberta J Park), London and New York: Routledge, 2011, 206 pages.

Chapman, David L. and Patricia Vertinsky, Venus with Biceps. A Pictorial History of Muscular Women. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2010,360 pages.

Mangan, J.A. and Patricia Vertinsky. Gender, Sport, Science; Selected Writings of Roberta J. Park (with J.A. Mangan) (London and New York, Routledge, 2009, 254 pages

Hargreaves, Jennifer and Patricia Vertinsky, Physical Culture, Power and the Body, London and New York: Routledge, 2007, 263 pages.

Vertinsky, Patricia and Sherry McKay. Disciplining Bodies in the Gymnasium: Memory, Monument and Modernism. London and New York: Routledge, 2004, 223 pages.

Vertinsky, Patricia and John Bale, Sites of Sport: Space, Place and Experience. London and New York: Routledge, 2004, 270 pages.

Vertinsky, Patricia. The Eternally Wounded Woman: Doctors, Women and Exercise in the Late Nineteenth Century. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1990, 279 pages.   (Reprinted in paper-back, Champaign, Illinois, University of Illinois Press, 1994.)

Chapters (from 2000)

Vertinsky, Patricia. Modernism and Physical Culture, Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, 2014.

Vertinsky, Patricia. Mixed Fortunes in an Academic Environment: The Institutional Gendering of Sport History, in Pascal Delheye, ed. Making Sport History: Disciplines, Identities and the Historiography of Sport, London and New York: Routledge, 2014

Vertinsky, Patricia, Cassandra Wells and Stephanie Van Veen, Fairness as a Floating Signifier: Seeking Gender Justice in Elite Sport, in Mariann Vaczi (ed), Playing Fields: Power, Practice and Passion in Sport, Centre for Basque Studies, University of Nevada. 2014, 37-60.

Vertinsky, Patricia. The Dancing Body, Sexuality and the Emergence of the New Woman, in Jennifer Hargreaves and Eric Anderson, eds. Routledge Handbook of Sport, Gender and Sexuality in Sport, London and New York: Routledge, 2014, 39-48.

Vertinsky, Patricia. Shadow Disciplines, or A Place for Post-Disciplinary Liaisons in the North American Research University: What are we to do with Physical Cultural Studies, in Russell Field, ed., Contested Terrain: The Continuing Struggle for Sport and Recreation. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014, 103-126.

Vertinsky, Patricia, Cassandra Wells and Stephanie Van Veen, Making Sense of Fairness in Sport in Janis Sarra, ed. An Exploration of Fairness: Interdisciplinary Inquiries in Law, Science and the Humanities, Toronto: Carswell, 2013, 373-393

Vertinsky, Patricia. Physical Education in the Aesthetic Mode. Transatlantic Traffic in Expressive Movement, in Michael Kruger and Nils Neuber, eds. Bildung im Sport.VS Verlag/Springer FAchmedien, 2011, 69-82.

Vertinsky, Patricia. From Physical Educators to Mothers of the Dance: Margaret H’Doubler and Martha Hill, in Roberta Park and Patricia Vertinsky, eds., Women, Sport, Society. London and New York: Routledge, 2011, 9-28.

Vertinsky, Patricia. Transatlantic Traffic in Expressive Movement: From Delsarte and Dalcroze to Margaret H’Doubler and Rudolf Laban, in Gertrud Pfister, ed. Gymnastics, A Transatlantic Movement. From Europe to America. London and New York: Routledge, 2011, 143-164.

Vertinsky, Patricia. From Dance under the Swastika to Movement Education: A Study of Embodied Culture, in Markus Hellensleben, ed. Performative Body Spaces. Corporeal Topographies in Literature, Theatre, Dance and the Visual Arts. Amsterdam and New York: Editions Rodopi, 2010, 43-57.

Vertinsky, Patricia. Sporting Women in the Public Gaze: Shattering the Master Narrative of Aging Female Bodies. In Michael L. Silk and David L. Andrews, eds. Physical Cultural Studies: A Constitutive Anthology, 2010.

Vertinsky, Patricia. La Beauté, C’est la Santé,in 100,000 Ans de Beaute: Modernite/Globalisations. Sous le direction scientific Georges Vigarello, sous le direction editorial d’Elisabeth Azoulas, Gallimand, 2009.

Vertinsky, Patricia.Preface, in Tatiana Ryba, Robert J Schinke and Gershon Tenenbaum, eds. The Cultural Turn in Sport and Exercise Psychology, FITinfotech, 2009.

Hoffman, Annette, Patricia Vertinsky and Shannon Jette. The Rocky Road on Mount Olymp: Women’s Fight to Enter the Olympic Venue in Ski Jumping, in Gigliola Gori, ed, Sport and Gender Matters: Old Borders and New Challenges, Sankt Augustin: Academia Verlag, 2008, 111-125.

Measuring up for Citizenship: From Posture to Body Type to Obesity. In Tomaz Pavlin, Sport, Nation, Nationalism, Ljubljana: Univerza v Ljubljani Fakuteta za iport, 2008,136-144.

Examining the Historical Landscape of ‘Normal’ Aging. Sporting Women, Over –Exertion and Appropriate Physical Activity, in Ageing Stories: Narrative Constructions of Age and Gender, Berlin: Peter Lang Pubs, 2010

Catharine Beecher, Health Advocate and Reformer, Encyclopedia of American Disability History, 3 vols, Susan Burch ed. New York, Facts on File Inc., 2009 .

Job, Christiane and Patricia Vertinsky, Order on the Court: Vancouver Girls Rule, in Susan Bandy, Annette R.Hoffman and Arnd Kruger (eds)., Gender, Body and Sport in Historical and Transnational Perspectives, Hamburg: Verlag Dr Kovac, 2008, 105-118.

Vertinsky, Patricia. Comparing the Impact of Kurt Hahn and Rudolf Laban, in Mannfred Lammer, Evelyn Mertin and Thierry Terret (eds)., New Aspects of Sport History. Academia Verlag: Sankt Augustin, 2007, 136-142.

Hargreaves, Jennifer and Patricia Vertinsky. Physical Culture Studies, in Jennifer Hargreaves and Patricia Vertinsky (eds). Physical Culture, Power and the Body, London: Routledge, 2007, 1-24.

Vertinsky, Patricia. “Movement Practices and Fascist Infections: From Dance under the Swastika to Movement Education in the British Primary School,” in Jennifer Hargreaves and Patricia Vertinsky (eds)., Physical Culture, Power and the Body. London: Routledge, 2007, 25-51.

Vertinsky, Patricia. “Acting Your Age! Gender, Age and Physical Activity, in Kevin White and Philip Young, Gender and Sport in Canada, 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007, 155-193.

Vertinsky, Patricia. “The Influence of Physical, Cultural and Social Environments on Health-Related Activity,” In David Johns and Konraad Lindner (eds)., Physical Activity and Health of Hong Kong Youth. Hong Kong: Chinese University of Hong Kong Press, 2006, 183-196.

Vertinsky, Patricia. “Time Gentlemen Please! The Space and Place of Gender in Sport History,” in Murray Phillips (ed), Deconstructing Sport History. Albany: Suny Press, 2006, 227-245.

Vertinsky, Patricia and Christiane Job. “Celebrating Gertrudes: Women of Influence, Unique Accomplishments and Intrepid Sporting Adventures,” in Annette Hoffman (ed), Sporting Women, Past and Present. Copenhagen: University of Copenhagen Press, 2005, 251-272..

Vertinsky, Patricia. “Educating the British Body: Dartington Hall and Rudolph Laban,” in Gigliola Gori and Thierry Terret (eds)., Sport and Education in History. Sankt Augustin: Academia Verlag, 2005, 432-435.

Vertinsky, Patricia. “Disciplinary and Gender Politics: A Study of Contested Local Spaces,” in Hideaki Okubo (ed), Local Identity and Sport. Historical Study of Integration and Differentiation. Sankt Augustin: Academia Verlag, 2004, 412-416.

Vertinsky, Patricia. “Memory and Monument: The Gymnasium as War Memorial,” in Memory, Monument and Modernism. Disciplining Bodies in the Gymnasium . London: Routledge, 2004, 13-31.

Vertinsky, Patricia. “Designing the Million Dollar Gym: Modernism and Masculinity,” in Memory, Monument and Modernism: Disciplining Bodies in the Gymnasium . London: Routledge,2004, 32-47.

Vertinsky, Patricia. “Power Geometries: Disciplining the Gendered Body in the Spaces of the War Memorial Gymnasium,” Memory, Monument and Modernism : Disciplining Bodies in the Gymnasium. London: Routledge,2004, 48-73.

Vertinsky, Patricia. “No Body/ies in the Gym,” Memory, Monument and Modernism: Disciplining Bodies in the Gymnasium. London: Routledge,2004, 157-171.

Vertinsky, Patricia. “Locating a Sense of Place: Space, Place and Gender in the Gymnasium,” in Sites of Sport, Space, Place and Experience . London: Routledge,2004, 8-24.

Vertinsky, Patricia.“Text, Autobiography and Physical Culture,” in Understanding Sport in Written Text, Madrid: Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, 2001.

Vertinsky, Patricia.“Aging Women, Sport and Physical Activity,” International Encyclopedia of Women and Sport, Berkshire Reference Works and Macmillan Reference, 2001, pp. 22-27.

Vertinsky, Patricia.“A Militant Madonna: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Feminism and Physical Culture,” in F. Hong and J.A. Mangan (Eds.), Freeing the Female Body: Inspirational Icons, London: Frank Cass Publications, 2001, pp. 55-72.