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

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"

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"

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, Deptartments of Anthropology and Folklore, Indiana University-Bloomington
"'Baseball City': Cultivating Ballplayers in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic"

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]

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

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"

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")

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

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
PhD 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"

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

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"

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"

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
PhD Candidate. Department of Child and Youth Studies, Stockholm University
"The rationalities of talent: discursive construction 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"

Kumar, Rohit
MPhil Candidate, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
"Photographic Representation of Female Athletes in German Print Media - A study of Frankfurter Allgemeinge and Sueddeutsche Zeitung"

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"

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"

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"

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"

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': 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"

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

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"

Price, John E.
PhD Candidate, American Studies, Penn State Harrisburg
"The American Game: The Super Bowl and Reshaping American Identity Through Popular Culture, 1966-1991"

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"

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"

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"

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, 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"

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

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

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

TePoel, Dain
PhD Candidate, University of Iowa
"Endurance Activism: Transcontinental Walks and the Politics of Movement Culture"

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

Troiano, Laura
PhD Candidate, Rutgers University, Newark
"Everybody’s Neighborhood Stadium: Community and Baseball in Newark, NJ"

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

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"

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"