Vertinsky, Patricia

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Professor | Distinguished University Scholar


Phone: 604 822 6235

Lab Website: Physical Cultural Studies and Sport History Research Group

Office: Ponderosa Annex C, Room 101 | 2021 West Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z2

Publications: Google Scholar


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


See Google Scholar for a list of current publications.

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.