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:

Acheampong, Ernest Yeboah
PhD Candidate, University of Grenoble (SENS, Laboratoire, EA 3742)
"African professional footballers assistance to the country of origin: Socioeconomic analysis of the decision making process"

Bachynski, Kathleen
PhD Candidate, Columbia University
"'No Game For Boys To Play': Debating the Safety of High School Football, 1945-2015"

Berg, Adam
PhD Candidate, Pennsylvania State University
"The Olympic Spirit of '76: How Denver Won and Lost the Winter Games"

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"

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

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

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

Cervin, Georgia
PhD Candidate, University of Western Australia
"Women's Artistic Gymnastics During the Cold War and Its Aftermath: Western Responses to Soviet Domination"

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"

Delle Luche, Jean-Dominique
PhD candidate, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris)
"Le plaisir des bourgeois et la gloire de la ville. Sociétés et concours de tir dans les villes du Saint-Empire, XVe-XVIe siècle" [Shooting societies and shooting contests in the Holy German Empire, 15th-16th centuries]

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"

Dubinsky, Itamar
PhD Candidate, Ben Gurion University
"Football academies in Ghana"

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"

Engh, Mari Haugaa
PhD, Aarhus University
"Producing and Maintaining Mobility: A migrant-centred analysis of transnational women's sports labour migration" (completed 2015)

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")

Fielding, Stephen
PhD Candidate, University of Victoria, Canada
"Sporting Multiculturalism: Postwar European Immigrants and the Grassroots Making of Canadian Diversity"

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

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

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"

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

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

Grundlingh, Marizanne
PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, 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, 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" (completed 2012)

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"

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") (completed, 2012)

Hogg, Emmanuel
PhD 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"

Jonasson, Kalle
PhD Candidate, Malmö University
"Sport Has Never Been Modern" (completed 2013)

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

Kilger, Magnus
PhD Candidate. Department of Child and Youth Studies, Stockholm University
"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"

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

Lieser, Martin
PhD 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
"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"

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

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"

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"

Morales, Manuel
PhD Candidate, University of California - San Diego
"La Fiesta del Pueblo: Sports and Popular Culture During Columbia's La Violencia, 1930-1958"

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"

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

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" (completed 2013)

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.
PhD Candidate, Michigan State University
"All-American Activism: Athletic Activism, Reactionary Rhetoric, and Reactive Changes within the Big Ten Conference as Part of the Social Justice Movement" (completed, 2015)

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
"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"

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
"Revolution, play and feeling: Assembling emotionality, national subjectivity and football in Cairo, 1990-2013" (completed 2015)

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"

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"

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

Salkeld, Patrick H.
MA Candidate, University of Central Oklahoma
"The 1994 World Cup: An Unforeseen Stimulant to the University of Central Oklahoma"

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"

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" (completed, 2014)

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"

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
PhD Candidate, University of Bucharest
"Olympic Movement in Romania during the Communism regime" (completed, 2012)

Stevens, Simon
PhD 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 Candidate, Division for History of Science, Technology, and Environment, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
"'Rational training'. Scientification of training methods in cross-country skiing"

Svoboda, Arnost
PhD candidate, Masaryk University
"Top-level sport and authenticity: sport stars without media interes" (completed 2015)

Tannenbaum, Seth
PhD Candidate, Temple University
"Take Me Out... To the Concessions Stand: Capitalism, Democracy, Food, and the Fan Experience at Baseball Games"

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" (completed, 2015)

Tunc, Sevecen
PhD Candidate, Bogazici University
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" (completed 2013)

Wagner, Christoph
PhD Candidate at 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"

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

Wöltjen, Timm
PhD Candidate, Department of Sport Science, 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"

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

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