Patricia Vertinsky

Distinguished University Scholar

Office Address:
War Memorial Gymnasium, Room 214
6081 University Boulevard
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Other Address:
Ponderosa Annex C, Room 101
2021 West Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2


University of Copenhagen, 2007, Honorary Doctorate in Science
The University of British Columbia, 1975, EdD, (Social Foundations of Education)
University of California, Los Angeles, 1967, MSc, (Kinesiology and Sociology)
Birmingham University , 1964, Diploma of Education
Birmingham University, 1963, BA (Hons), (Physical Education and History)

Courses Taught

KIN 383 The Modern Olympics: Power, Politics and Performance
KIN 489S Gender Matters in Sport, Health and Physical Activity
KIN 580 Graduate Seminar on Body, Exercise and Society

Research and Teaching

I am a historian of physical culture exploring the world of fitness, sport, physical activity and physical education across the last 2 centuries and in a transnational context. My research activities are funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in Canada and through joint enterprises with academic partners in other countries. Projects include a focus on the medicalization of the female athletic body, exercise and pregnancy, gender, sport and physical activity, critical histories of female physical education, movement education and kinesiology, the flow of physical cultures such as yoga across time and space, comparisons of traditional Chinese medicine and Western biomedicine on understandings of physical activity and health, and research on modern dance and masculinities.


Potential Students

Students interested in pursuing a graduate degree or post-doctoral fellowship are encouraged to contact me at the email address above.