Department of Kinesiology

Sociohistorical Studies

The Sociohistorical area of study is housed in the Department Kinesiology (KIN), in the School of Health and Human Sciences (HHS). Both Master's and Doctoral degrees are awarded in Sociohistorical Studies (students applying to SHS should select the “general” MS or PhD program).

The intellectual focus of the Sociohistorical area of study is on the cultural contexts of physical activity and wellness. More particularly SHS students are invited to explore the connections of physical activity and wellness to larger social issues and problems (e.g., poverty; race, class, gender, physical, inequalities; environmental issues), historical settings and meanings, ethical underpinnings, and potential for advancing societal level change.

Essential curricula combined with research activities focus on three general objectives:
(1) advance theoretical and analytical tools for understanding social, historical, and cultural meanings associated with sport and physical activity in sporting, schooling, and exercising spaces;
(2) investigate and articulate the significance and potential of sport and physical activity in social movements and everyday activism;
(3) develop anti-disciplinary inquiry skills (e.g. multi-method research designs) in order to best investigate complicated social, cultural, and geopolitical issues associated with human physical activity.

KIN Faculty in SHS

Dr. Katherine M. Jamieson, Associate Professor, KIN

Research interests include social and cultural analyses of sport, exercise, and the body. Past scholarship includes qualitative inquiry regarding the experiences of US Latinas in collegiate sport, cultural competence among physical activity professionals, Critical, cultural analyses of race, sexuality, gender, and social class in professional, collegiate, and organized sport. Dr. Jamieson works in and out of the disciplinary boundaries of KIN to apply Critical Race theories, Chicana Feminisms, and Cultural Studies frameworks to the advancement of knowledge about human movement as a cultural phenomenon. Current scholarship focuses on postcolonial analyses of women’s physical culture, including the cultural footprint of Title IX, globalization of women’s athleticism, and disjunctures in “liberation” through physical activity.