Physical Cultural Studies and Sport History Research Group

About Us

The Physical Cultural Studies and Sport History Research Group is a part of the socio-cultural research group in the School of Kinesiology exploring a variety of topics within the area of sociology and history of sport, physical activity and the body.

Affiliated and Related Courses


Research projects currently underway focus on the social and cultural history of sport, physical activity, physical education and modern dance; e.g. Olympic Games research projects; health and physical activity needs of refugees in Canada; Western biomedicine and traditional Chinese medicine approach to physical activity, pregnancy and aging; sex testing and performance enhancing drugs in competitive sport; history of gender and physical education, including movement education and physical literacy; modern dance and masculinity.


Distinguished University Scholar and Professor


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, sport science and physical culture 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, past Vice-President of the International Society for Physical Education and Sport History.


University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Honorary Doctorate in Science
University of British Columbia, Ed.D., Social Foundations of Education
University of California at Los Angeles, M.Sc., Sociology and Kinesiology
Birmingham University, England, Diploma of Education
Birmingham University, England, B.A., Hons. History and Physical Education



Caitlin O'Reilly, BSW, MPP

Cassandra Wells, BPHE, MSc

Victoria Felkar, BKIN, CSEP, MA

Nadine Kallas, BKIN

Kimberley Ekstrand, BA (Social and Cultural Anthroplogy)

Aishwarya Ramachandran, BKIN


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Potential Students

Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree with Dr. Vertinsky are encouraged to contact Dr. Vertinsky directly at For more information on Graduate Student admissions visit our admission page here.

Physical Cultural Studies and Sport History Research Group
School of Kinesiology
Ponderosa Annex C, 101-2.
2021 West Mall
The University of British Columbia