Dissertations & Theses In Progress

H-Sport is excited to announce the addition of a new sport humanities theses and dissertations in progress list. This list will appeal to a wide variety of scholars and help us all be more aware of sport related dissertations and theses in progress as well as who is working on them and the school with which they are affiliated.

The list will updated twice each year to reflect additions, completions, and basic editing of titles, affiliations, etc. To do this, we need your help. If you are currently working on a thesis or dissertation in the sport humanities please email the following information formatted as so:

Last name, First name
M.A / Ph.D. Candidate, Affiliation
Thesis / Dissertation Title

Please use thesis/dissertation list as the subject of the email to editorial-sport@mail.h-net.msu.edu

Dissertations & Theses In-Progress:

Borel-Hänni, François
PhD Candidate, University of Lille-2
"Social responsibility of sports media regarding their representation of football referees"

Brümmer, Kristina
PhD Candidate, Department of Sport Science, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
"The Knowledge of Practice: Sport and its Subjects"

Caflisch, Sophie
PhD Candidate, University of Zurich
"Medieval Games in Educational Contexts"

Clowes, Jeff
MA Candidate, Sport History and Culture, De Montfort University
"Tony Wadington, Football Manager: A Place in History"

Del Vecchio, Michael
PhD Candidate, Department of History and Centre for Environment and Sustainability, Western University
"The Other Great Lakes: Freshwater Fisheries Management in Twentieth Century Ontario"

Descamps, Yann
PhD student, Universite Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3 (CREW - EA 4399)
"Am I Black Enough for You?" African-Americans and Basketball in the Media (1950-2014)"

Dettmar, Benjamin
PhD Candidate, Michigan State University
"Detroit: Olympic City?"

Dishon, Gideon
MA Candidate, The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv University
"'Ludic Literacy': The Unique Function of Team Sports in Victorian Public Schools"

Douglas, Timothy
MA, International Centre for Sports History and Culture, De Montfort University
"Sport as an Instrument of Foreign Policy: Cuba 1959-2008"

Dunkin, Jessica
PhD Candidate, Carleton University
"Landscapes of Leisure: Space, Sport, and Sociability in the Annual Meetings of the American Canoe Association, 1880-1910"

Eichler, Roman
PhD Candidate, DFG Research Training Group 1608 "Self-Making", Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
"Urban Sport-Subjects, Sportive Self-Making and Urban Space Beyond Institutional Structures"

Esch, Joern
PhD Candidate, DFG Research Training Group 1608 "Self-Making", Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
"Football's Subject. A History of collectively moved Bodies"

Fahnenbruck, Nele Maya
PhD Candidate, Department History, Social and Economic History, University of Hamburg
"'...reitet für Deutschland': Pferdesport im Nationalsozialismus—zwischen Anpassung, Gleichschaltung und Funktionalisierung" ("'...rides for Germany": Equestrian Sport in National Socialism—between Adjustment, Equalization and Functionalization")

Fleer, Joshua
PhD Candidate, Florida State University
"Prophetic Gospels and Pepper Games: Religion and Sport in the House of David"

Gale, Samuel Edward
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"It's a Press Victory: African American Newspaper Coverage of Black Sports and the Struggle for Racial Equality"

Gennaro, Michael
PhD Candidate, University of Florida
"Nigeria in the Ring: Boxing, Masculinity, Empire, and Urbanization in Lagos, 1920-1970"

Hall, Joe
Ph.D. Candidate, International Centre for Sports History and Culture, De Montfort University
"An Oral History of England International Rugby Union Players, 1945-1995

Hartmann, Heidi
PhD Candidate, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
"The Formation of a New Field: Women's Boxing in Germany—Opportunities and Limitations of an Athlete's Career"

Heck, Sandra
PhD Candidate, Ruhr-University Bochum
"Von spielenden Soldaten und kämpfenden Athleten: die Genese des Modernen Fünfkampfs" ("Playing Soldiers and Battling Athletes: the Genesis of Modern Pentathlon")

Hogg, Emmanuel
Ph.D. Candidate, Carleton University
“Football Cultures in Divided Berlin”

Hubbard, Harold
MA Candidate, North Carolina Central University
"The Boxing Career of James 'the Bossman' Heath"

Høyer-Kruse, Jens
MSC / PhD, University of Southern Denmark
"Planning of sports facilities in local municipalities" (completed, 2013)

Jewett, Elizabeth
PhD Candidate, Department of History, University of Toronto
"Behind the Greens: Understanding Golf Landscapes in Canada, 1873-1945"

Job-McIntosh, Christiane
PhD Candidate, University of Calgary
"Women Changing the Culture of Sport: A Narrative Analysis of Aging Women's Experiences as Athletes"

Keyes, David
PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of California, San Diego
"Making the Mainstream: The Domestication of American Soccer"

Kilger, Magnus
Ph. D. Candidate. Department of Child and Youth Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden.
"The Hunt for Talent - Discursive Fabrication of Legitimate Selection in Sports"

Kodalle, Rea
PhD Candidate, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
"IN FORM(ung). Health Promotion, Mobilisation and Subjectivation in the Activist Welfare State"

Lieser, Martin
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Vienna
"Organised football supporters' culture as a post-traditional community in contemporary Japan"

Ludewig, Katharina
PhD Candidate, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
"Embodiment of Happiness. A Discourse Analytical Study on the Role of the Body in Mass Media Discussions of Happiness"

MacDonald, Cheryl A.
PhD Candidate, Concordia University (Montreal, Canada)
"Homophobia Among Major Midget Ice Hockey Players in Canada"

Macrae, Eilidh H. R.
PhD Candidate, University of Glasgow
"Women, Body Culture, and Physical Recreation in Scotland, 1930-1975"

McCullough, Sarah
PhD Candidate Cultural Studies, University of California - Davis
"Mechanical Intuitions: The Origins and Growth of Mountain Biking" (completed 2013)

McGregor, Andrew
Ph.D. Candidate, Purdue University
From Dust to Dynasty: Bud Wilkinson's Oklahoma (working title)

Mellis, Johanna
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Florida
"Negotiation Through Sport: Navigating Everyday Life in Communist Hungary"

Michaeler, Matthias
PhD Candidate, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
"Teambuilding - An Ethnography on the Relation between Organisation and Disposition in Professional Volleyball"

Mitchell, Robert
PhD Candidate, DFG Research Training Group 1608 "Self-Making", Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
"Knowing in Motion: Movement Systems between Bodies and Cultural Discourses"

Munkwitz, Erica
PhD Candidate, American University
"'Straight Ahead and Over Everything': Women and Equestrian Sports in Britain, 1772-1956" (completed, 2014)

Naha, Souvik
PhD Candidate, ETH Zurich
"Cricket and the Making of Sporting Publics: Representation, Consumption and Popular Culture in India, 1952-2011"

Nicholson, Rafaelle
PhD candidate, Queen Mary (University of London)
"Women's Cricket in Britain, 1945-2000"

Nuhrat, Yagmur
PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Brown University
"Fair Enough? Negotiating Ethics through Turkish Football"

O'Connell, Elizabeth V.
PhD Candidate, Department of History, State University of New York at Stony Brook
"Gods of the Diamond, Heroes of the Republic: Major League Baseball and American Manhood, 1947-1963"

Oldfield, Samantha-Jayne
PhD Candidate, Manchester Metropolitan University
"Training and Promoting Victorian Pedestrianism: A Collective Biography of Manchester’s Sporting Entrepreneurs"

Park, Miles Adam
PhD Student, Department of Religion, Florida State University
"'The Greatest Scrapper Who Ever Lived': Christianity and Mixed Martial Arts"

Peters, Christian
PhD Candidate, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
"Sporting Spaces—Ethnography of Cologne's Street-Skateboarding Scene"

Phillips, Benjamin P.
Ph.D. Candidate, Michigan State University
"Everybody's All-American: Athletic Activism, Reactionary Rhetoric, and Reactive Changes within the Big Ten Conference During the Vietnam Era"

Pille, Thomas
PhD Candidate, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
"Trainee teachers: Ethnographical Approaches to the Practices of Subjectivation"

Ramsey, Jeffrey
PhD Candidate, Marquette University
"Male Attitudes towards Women's Sports in the Wake of Title IX at Big Ten Universities"

Rathbone, Keith
PhD Candidate, Northwestern University
"A Nation In Play: Physical Culture, the State, and Society during France's Dark Years, 1932-1948"

Reilly, Justine
PhD Candidate, University of Central Lancashire & The National Football Museum, Manchester. AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award
"Sport, Museums and Cultural Policy"

Reiter, Michael
Ph.D. Candidate, Univeristy of Vienna
"Human Rights in Sport - Sport as a Human Right. The UN-Declaration of Human Rights and its impact on the International Olympic Committee"

Roche, Clare
PhD Candidate, Birkbeck University of London
"A Hidden Presence; Women in the Alps 1850-1900"

Rommel, Carl
PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (Research affiliation with the American University in Cairo)
"The Cultural Work that Football Does: Exploring Emotionality and Masculine Sociality Along Circulations of the Global Game in Cairo"

Rucki-Menashe, Yonit
Ph.D. Candidate, The School of Historical Studies, Tel Aviv University
"Football and Political Participation: Football Clubs and Civil Society in Seville and Barcelona during the Franco Regime and the Transition to Democracy"

Salerno, Stephanie
MA, Liberal Studies, North Central College
"Skater, Poser, Punk: The Struggle For Space, Individuality and Authenticity Within Straight-Edge, Queercore and Skateboarding Punk Communities"

Schrag, Myles
MS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"The Case for Peace-Building as Sport's Next Great Legacy: A Literature Review, Assessment, and Suggestions for Applying the 'Slow Child' in the Emergent Field of Sport for Development and Peace"

Shuman, Amanda
PhD Candidate, Department of History, University of California, Santa Cruz
"The Politics of Socialist Athletics in the People's Republic of China, 1949-1966"

Smith, Andrew
PhD Candidate, Purdue University
"No Way But to Fight: George Foreman and the American Century"

Snape, Victoria Alice
MA Candidate, Manchester Metropolitan University
"Rudolf Oberholzer: The 'Grand Old Man' of British Gymnastics"

Sotomayor, Antonio
PhD Candidate, Department of History, the University of Chicago
"Playing the Nation in a Colonial Island: Sport, Culture, and Politics in Puerto Rico" (completed, 2012)

Springmann, Veronika
PhD Candidate, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
"Favor and Violence: Sport in National Socialist Concentration Camps"

Sterea, Anita
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Bucharest
"Olympic Movement in Romania during the Communism regime" (completed, 2012)

Stevens, Simon
Ph.D. Candidate, Columbia University
"International Pressure and the End of Apartheid, 1958-1994"

Stubberfield, George
MA Candidate, Department of History, De Montfort University
"The 1980 Moscow Olympic Games: Margaret Thatcher's Attempt to Implement a British Boycott"

Svensson, Daniel
PhD. student, Division for History of Science, Technology, and Environment, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
"'Rational training'. Scientification of training methods in cross-country skiing"

Thompson, Glen
PhD Candidate, History, Stellenbosch University
"Surfing, Gender and Politics: Identity and Society in the History of South African Surfing Culture in the Twentieth-century"

Tunc, Sevecen
Ph.D. Candidate, Bogazici University (Turkey)
From Amateurism to Professionalism: A Social History of Football in Turkey (1945-1965)

Turkmen, Mutlu
PhD Candidate, Education Sciences Institute, Ankara Gazi University
"The Use of Physical Education and Sport as a Politic-Socialization Device: The Example of Worker Sport Movement"

Turpin, Robert J.
PhD Candidate, Department of History, University of Kentucky
"'Our Best Bet is the Boy': Bicycle Marketing Schemes and American Culture, 1890-1960"

Wagner, Christoph
PhD Candidate at DeMontfort University, Leicester, UK
"The Anglo-German football rivalry in the sports press, 1954-1996"

Waite, Catherine
Ph.D. Candidate, Loughborough University
"The Temporary, Seasonal Migration of Elite Cricket Professionals: Career Progression and International Migration"

Wing, Carlin
Pd.D. Candidate, Department of Media, Culture and Communication, New York University
"Conditions of Bounce: Considering Materially Mediated (Mis)communication"

Wöltjen, Timm
PhD Candidate & Research Assistant, Department of Sport Science, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
"Fights in Martial Arts as Social Practices (working title)

Wood, Michael T.
Ph.D. Candidate, Texas Christian University
"American Football and Cuba, 1907-1933: A Study of Class, Race, Gender, and Identity"

Wysocki, David J.
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Arizona
"Exercising the Cosmic Race: Physical Education, Science, and Mestizo Citizens"