Theses & Dissertations In Progress

H-Sport maintains a sport humanities theses and dissertations in progress list. This list will help scholars be more aware of sport related dissertations and theses in progress as well as who is working on them and the university with which they are affiliated.

The list will updated twice each year to reflect additions, completions, and basic editing of titles, and institutional affiliation. Scholars 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

Completed dissertations and theses are listed here.

Scholars who have completed their degree should send an email to with the subject completed degree for dissertation/thesis list and include the year of completion.

Dissertations & Theses In-Progress

Bell, Lindsay John
PhD Candidate, Iowa State University
"Reconstructing Baseball's Image: Landis, Cobb, and the Baseball Hero Ethos"

Bonu, Vinod Kumar
PhD Candidate, University of Hyderabad
"An Ethnography of Randonneuring: A Study of Hyderabad Randonneurs"

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

Brown, Christopher David
PhD Candidate, Emory University
"The Playing Fields of Eden: Envisioning the City through Soccer in the Brazilian Amazon, 1914-2014"

Brown, David Alexander
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Graz
"Flares, fans, and finance: the interaction of visual cultures, the economy and football fan protest in the Balkans"

Brueggemann, Marc
PhD Candidate, Hebrew University Jerusalem/Free University Berlin
"The Munich Olympic attack – A transnational comparison of the collective memories of Germany and Israel"

Burbach, Elizabeth A.
PhD Candidate, Indiana University-Bloomington
"'Baseball City': Cultivating Ballplayers in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic"

Campbell, Brian
PhD Candidate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"Beyond the Boundaries: Race, Sport, and Citizenship Abroad in the Black Press, 1920-1950"

Correas Apelanz, Ildefonso
PhD Candidate, University at Albany.
(p)/otrer@s & mujeres pioneras as gendered anthropoi: (re)creating (en)gendered territories, visibility and subversion en el fútbol argentino

Del Vecchio, Michael
PhD Candidate, Western University
"The Other Great Lakes: Freshwater Fisheries Management in Twentieth Century Ontario"

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

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, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
"Urban Sport-Subjects, Sportive Self-Making and Urban Space Beyond Institutional Structures"

Einav, Omer
PhD Candidate, Tel Aviv University
Both Sides of the Field: Football and the Relations between Jews and Arabs in Mandatory Palestine, 1917-1948

Fabian, Thomas
PhD Candidate, Western University
"Sportive Cultural Heritage: The Marginalization, Safeguarding, and Revival of Folk Sporting Traditions"

Fahnenbruck, Nele Maya
PhD Candidate, 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

Felkar, Victoria
PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia
"The Built Body: Constructing the Muscular Physique"

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

Foisy, Paul
MA Candidate, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
"De professionnelle à amateur: la course sur route à Montréal, 1930-1955"

Furse, Lydia
PhD Candidate, De Montfort University
"Women in Rugby Union: A Social and Cultural International History, 1880-2016"

García-Arjona, Noemi
PhD Candidate, Technical University of Madrid
"Integration policies through sport. The examples of Paris and Madrid"

Gonzalez-del-Castillo, Javier
Phd Candidate, Univesidad Autonoma de Madrid
"Los Juegos Olímpicos de Moscú'80 en el contexto internacional"

Grundlingh, Marizanne
PhD Candidate, University of the Free State
"After the Triumph: An Anthropological Study into the Lives of Elite Athletes after Competititve Sport"

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

Hasaan, Ali
PhD Candidate, Estonian Business School, Estonia
"Athlete brand: construction and consequences"

Haverkamp, Aad
PhD Candidate, Radboud University Nijmegen
"Sport, script and biography: representation of Dutch athletes, 1928-2014"

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

Idels, Ofer
PhD Candidate, Tel-Aviv University
"Athletes and Pioneers: The Ascent of Modern Sport and the Zionist Body in Palestine, 1918-1939"

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

Jomand, Guillaume
PhD Candidate, University Of Lyon 1
"Feminization of sport wrestling in France"

Keegan, Tara
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Oregon
"The Endurance of the Upriver People: A Karuk Story of Sport and Survival, 1877-1928"

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

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

Lakisa, David
PhD Candidate, University of Technology Sydney
"Managing Pasifika Diaspora in Australian Rugby League"

Lieser, Martin
PhD Candidate, 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"

Luitzen, Jan
PhD. Candidate, Radboud University
NOORTHEY RULES! The  import of modern (English) sports in The Netherlands, specifically at the Dutch boys’ boarding school Noorthey, analysed from a cultural-historical perspective

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

McClearan, Jennifer
PhD Candidate, University of Washington
"Converging Media and Divergent Bodies: Articulations of Powerful Women in the Ultimate Fighting Championship"

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, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
"Knowing in Motion: Movement Systems between Bodies and Cultural Discourses"

Morales, Manuel
PhD Candidate, University of California - San Diego
"We Will Conquer These Mountains: Cycling and the Intricacies of Identity in Colombia, 1930-1958"

Nardini, Dario
PhD Candidate, University of Milano-Bicocca
"Living to ride: Un'etnografia del surf sulla Gold Coast Australiana" [English: Living to Surf: Ethnography of the Surfing Culture(s) in the Gold Coast (Queensland, Australia)]

Nascimento Jubé, Carolina
PhD Candidate, University of Campinas. São Paulo/Brazil 
"The physical exercise in the natural environment according to Georges Hébert's method and its reading in Brazil during the first decades of the 20th century"

Nassir, Abdoun
PhD Candidate, University of Ngaoundéré
"Football in Cameroon (1923-2014) : Issues, Actors and Discourses"

O'Connell, Elizabeth V.
PhD Candidate, 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, Florida State University
"'The Greatest Scrapper Who Ever Lived': Muscular Christianity and Martial Arts from the Progressive Era to the Ultimate Fighting Championships"

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

Philippe, Marion
PhD Candidate, University of Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée
"The associativ movment used as a public policies' keystone for sportive tourism with social vocation towards the young during the 2nd half of the 20th century"

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

Podapati, Pallavi Rao
PhD Candidate, Princeton University
"Medicine and Technology in the Paralympic Games"

Postlethwaite, Verity
PhD Candidate, University of Worcester
"The Mechanics of Inspiring a Generation: Legacy and Policy evaluation in the case of Education and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games"

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

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

Reiter, Michael
PhD 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"

Robinson, James
PhD Candidate, Northeastern University
"Strikes and Strikeouts: Building Sports Culture From Below by Left-wing Radicals in the United States 1918-1950"

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

Rucki-Menashe, Yonit
PhD 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"

Sacks, Benjamin
PhD Candidate, University of Western Australia
"'Purely of their own manufacture': the adoption and appropriation of cricket in Samoa, 1884-1939"

Salha, Omar 
PhD Candidate, SOAS University of London 
"Islamic Diplomacy and Ethics: Relations between Muslims and non-Muslims in Sport"

Sandison, Simon
PhD Candidate, University of Leeds
"The Post-Athletic Identity: Literary Representations of US Sport"

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"

Smith, Andrew
PhD Candidate, Purdue University
"No Way But to Fight: George Foreman and the American Century" (completed 2015)

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

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

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

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

Swallow, Geoffrey
PhD Candidate, Manchester Metropolitan University
"'The Affair in the West': discourses of modernity, territory and identity in the West of England annual swimming match circuit, 1863-1913"

Taylor, Katharine
PhD candidate, De Montfort University
"A History of Women Playing American Football, 1880-1960"

Taylor, Lisa Jane
PhD candidate, Manchester Metropolitan University / River & Rowing Museum
Competitive women's rowing in Britain since 1945

Tchir, Paul
PhD Candidate, University of California, San Diego
"The Transformational Power of Modern Sport in Egypt"

Tonnerre, Quentin
PhD Candidate, University of Lausanne
"Diplomacy, Neutrality and Sport in Switzerland (1936-1989)"

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

Verriet, Jon
PhD Candidate, Radboud University Nijmegen
Fitter, Stronger, Faster: The Athlete's Diet and the Pursuit of Healthy Lifestyles in the Netherlands and the UK (1945-2016)

Venuti, Lorenzo
PhD Candidate, University of Firenze and Siena
"We are a sport superpower. Football and politics in Hungary from the Horthy'sregency to the People's Republic (1924-1968)"

Villegas, Carlos E.
Ph.D. Candidate, "La Salle" University, Bogotá, Colombia
"Sports as a pedagogical tool in social transformation processes. The Olympic Values Education as an option for the Colombian context"

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

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

Watkins, Jim
PhD Candidate, Mississippi State University
"The Discontinuance of College Football in the Southeastern Conference During World War II"

Willis, Roderick
PhD Candidate, University of Stellenbosch
Reconstructing a historical narrative of the Western Province Senior School Sports Union with specific reference to athletics, 1956 - 1996

Wöltjen, Timm
PhD Candidate, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
"Fights in Martial Arts as Social Practices"

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

Zondag, Jelle
PhD Candidate, Radboud University Nijmegen
"Sports and physical exercise in the Netherlands. Ideas and ideologies, 1890-1940"