This award, named in honor of the late Barbara Brown beginning in 1991, is granted to the best student-authored, non-published paper submitted for consideration.
Students are encouraged to submit a paper for consideration for the Barbara Brown Outstanding Student Paper Award presented annually at the NASSS conference.
Barbara A. Brown was a professor of sport sociology at the University of Western Ontario from 1983 until 1990, when she died of cancer aged forty. Dr. Brown, who was President-Elect of NASSS at the time of her death, was widely recognized for her expertise on women in sport and leisure, her political commitment to extending girls’ and women’s opportunities for participation in sport, and her contributions to the development of a professional community of sport sociologists. She was also a dedicated mentor and teacher whose invaluable work with students is appropriately memorialized in the naming of this award for her.
- Papers should not exceed 30 double-spaced pages, including notes, tables, and bibliography.
- Authors should follow a consistent style (e.g., APA) throughout the paper.
- Authors should include a cover page with the title of the paper and their full contact information.
- Papers do not need to be submitted for presentation at the NASSS conference (though most are), but authors MUST be members of NASSS.
- Authors must be enrolled in a graduate program at the time their paper is submitted
- Papers that have been accepted for publication are not eligible for the contest.
- The committee will accept one submission per author.
- In the event that a co-authored paper is selected as winner, the authors will share the prize.
|2014||Doctoral Award: Bryan Lagae (University of Miami) African American representation in big-time sports: The case of baseball
Masters Award: Bahar Tajrobehkar (York University) Subverting the ideal? Female bodybuilding competitors’ perceptions and negotiations of the competition norms
|2013||Doctoral: Gavin Weedon (University of British Columbia) Mud Running: Political Ecology Meets the Sociology of Sport
Masters: Anima Adjepong (U Texas, Austin) Rethinking sportswomen’s un/apologetics: Gender, race, and sexuality on and off the rugby pitch
|2012||Masters: Shawn Forde (University of British Columbia) Look at Yourself! A Critical Discourse Analysis of Right to Play’s HIV/AIDS Prevention Manual
Doctoral: Jennifer Hardes (University of Alberta) Toward a sporting common: Spectacle, biopolitical production and multitudinal becomings
|2011||Masters: Letisha Engracia Cardoso Brown (University of Texas at Austin) The Spectacle of Blackness: Race, Representations and the Black Body
Doctoral: Mark Norman (University of Toronto) The Consumption and Production of Hockey Day in Canada on Twitter: Cultural Citizenship, Collective Discussion, and the Implications of New Media Communication
|2010||Masters: Brittney Boliba (California State University, East Bay) – Accessibility of an Action Sport: Examining Social Inclusion/Exclusion in Kiteboarding|
|Doctoral: Koji Kobayashi (University of Otago) – Corporate Nationalism and Glocalization of Nike Advertising in Asia|
|2009||Sean Smith (European Graduate School of Media and Communications) – From Panoptic to Panhaptic? High Performance Running and the Societies of Control|
|2008||Masters: Lindsey Pilver (University of Massachusetts-Amherst) – “I am Naturally Competitive, but I am O.K. with Being in the Middle.” Identity Negotiation and the Conflicting Discourses of Female College Athletes|
|Doctoral: Michael Friedman (University of Maryland) – “The Transparency of Democracy” : Spectacle and Symbolism in the Design of Washington National Park|
|2007||Masters: Jennifer J. Hardes (Ohio State University) – More than Merely “Me”?: “Identity Politics” and the Paradigmatic Assumptions of Sport Sociologists|
|Doctoral: Simon C. Darnell (University of Toronto) – Post-hegemony? Investigating the Utility of Sport within International Development|
|2006||Barbara Ravel (Université de Montreal) – “I Play Hockey and I’m Gaie But Don’t Call me Butch!”: Discursive Constructions of Gender and Sexuality in Québec Women’s Sport|
|2005||Holly Thorpe (University of Waikato) – Beyond ‘Decorative Sociology’: Contextualizing Female Surf, Skate and Snow Boarding|
|2004||Jamie Schultz (University of Iowa) – “Staff of Which Legends are Made”: Jack Trice Stadium and the Politics of Memory|
|2003||Benita Heiskanen (University of Texas) – Boxing Womanhood: Spatio-Bodily Dialogue in Texas|
|2002||Parissa Safai (University of Toronto) – Healing the Body in the ‘Culture of Risk’: Examining the Negotiation of Treatment between Medicine Clinicians and Injured Athletes in Canadian Intercollegiate Sport|
|2001||Jeanne Kay (Université de Montréal) – The Corporate Habitus in Adventure Racing|
|2000||Christine Provvidenza (University of Toronto) – A Feminist Discourse Analysis of “Heart Smart Women: Your Guide to Your Health”|
|1999||Jay Scherer (University of Windsor) – Globalization and the Construction of Local Particularities: A Case Study of the Winnipeg Jets|
|1998||Theresa Walton (University of Iowa) – Steve Prefontaine: From Rebel with a Cause to Bourgeois Hero|
|1997||Michael Atkinson (University of Calgary) – Controlling the (FAN)Fare: The Role of Ticket Scalpers in Determining Access to Sporting Events|
|1996||Brian Wilson (McMaster University) – The Black Athlete in Canada: Race, Representation and the Toronto Raptors|
|1995||Shari Dworkin (University of Southern California) – A Woman’s Place is in the … Cardiovascular Room?: Gender Relations, the Body and the Gym|
|1994||Faye Linda Wachs (University of Southem California) – A Structural Analysis of College Basketball: The Negotiation of Capital|
|1993||Jennifer Joslin (University of Iowa) – Out of the Vacuum, Onto the Playing Field: Hoover-Bali and the Resurrection of an American President|
|1992||Samatha King (Queen’s University) – The Politics of the Body and the Body Politic: Magic Johnson and the Ideology of AIDS|
|1991||David Andrews (University of Illinois) – All Consumed Bodies: Baudrillard, Hyperreality and the Cybemetic Construction of Michael Jordan|
|1990||Lisa McDermott (Queen’s University) – Towards an Integrative Critique of Modern Sport|
|1989||Laurel Davis (University of Iowa) Racism and the Articulation of Differences: White Athletes|
|1982||Cathy Bray (University of Alberta) – Gender and Political Economy of Canadian Sport|
|1981||Jacqueline Gillis (University of North Carolina-Greensboro) – American Civil Religion and Sport|