SSHRC Banting Post-doctoral Fellow — Faculty of Education, Ontario Tech University, Oshawa, Canada 2012-2014
Post-doctoral Fellow — School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Science, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand 2010-2012
PhD — Exercise Sciences, Faculty of Physical Education and Health, University of Toronto, 2010
MSc — Exercise Sciences, Faculty of Physical Education and Health, University of Toronto, 2006
BSc — School of Kinesiology, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, 2001, Scholars Electives Program
See current projects at: Indigeneity, Diaspora, Equity and Anti-racism in Sport (IDEAS) Research Lab
Research interests include:
- Decolonizing Sport Studies, Indigeneity and Sport
- Race and Anti-Racism Policy in Post-Secondary Sport
- Diaspora, trans-nationalism, post-colonialism, and globalization
- Critical Race and Decolonial Theory, Methodologies, Pedagogies
- Embodied learning and leadership, physical activity access and ethics
- (Auto-)Ethnographic, narrative, and community-based qualitative methodologies
- Black Canadian Studies, anti-Black racism, Black resistance, joy, and empowerment
Watch video of Janelle Joseph and her colleague at KPE, Associate Professor Simon Darnell, discuss their research into sport as a tool for peace and development.
Watch video poem of Janelle Joseph and the Re-Creation Collective presenting their award-winning research Awakening to Elsewheres: Collectively Re Storying Experiences of (Be)Longing
Joseph, J. & Bain, N.* (forthcoming). Leisure as Black Survival: Ballroom, Vogue and Black Queer and Trans+ Activism in Canada, Leisure/Loisir.
McKenzie, A.I. & Joseph, J. (2023) Whitewashed and Blacked Out. Counter-Narratives as an Analytical Framework for Studies of Ice Hockey in Canada. Sociology of Sport Journal. https://doi.org/10.1123/ssj.2022-0065.
Peers, D., Joseph, J., Chen, C., Fawaz, N.*, Tink, L., Eales, L., Bridel, W. Hamdon, E.., Carey, A. & Hall, L. (2023). An Intersectional Foucauldian Analysis of Canadian National Sport Organisations’ ‘equity, diversity, and inclusion’ (EDI) policies and the reinscribing of injustice. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics. 15(2) 193-209. https://doi.org/10.1080/19406940.2023.2183975
Joseph, J. Tajrobehkar, B., Hamdonah, Z.*, & Estrada, G.*, (2022). Racialized Women in Sport in Canada: A Scoping Review. Journal of Physical Activity and Health Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2022-0288
Peers, D., Joseph, J., McGuire-Adams, T., Eales, L., Fawaz, N.*, Chen, C., Hamdon, E., Kingsley, B., (2022). We become gardens: Intersectional methodologies for mutual flourishing. Leisure/Loisir 47(1), 27-47. https://doi.org/10.1080/14927713.2022.2141836
Kriger, D. Keyser-Verrault, A., Joseph, J. & Peers, D. (2022). The Operationalizing Intersectionality Framework, Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 16(4), 302-324. https://doi.org/10.1123/jcsp.2021-0069.
Joseph, J., McKenzie, A.I. (2022). Black Women Coaches in Community: Promising Practices for mentorship in Canada. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fspor.2022.884239/full
McGuire-Adams, T., Joseph, J. Eales, L., Peers, D., Bridel, W., Hamdon, E., & Chen C. (2022). Awakening to elsewheres: Collectively restorying embodied experiences of (be)longing. Sociology of Sport Journal https://doi.org/10.1123/ssj.2021-0124
Joseph, J. & Glean, J. (2022). Navigating Black Women’s Leadership, Imposter Phenomenon, and Intergenerational Mentorship in Post-secondary Education. In Wane, N., Odozor, E. & Brady, J. (Eds.), Black Women’s Worldview. Inanna Publications.
Ashdown Franks, G., & Joseph, J. (2021). Mind your business and leave my rolls alone: A Case study of fat Black women runners' decolonial resistance. Societies 11(95), 1-17 https://doi.org/10.3390/soc11030095
Joseph, J. & Kerr, E. (2021). Assemblages and co-emergent corpomaterialities in postsecondary education: Pedagogical lessons from somatic psychology and physical cultures. Somatechnics.
Joseph, J. (2021) Diasporas in Sport: Networks, Nostalgia and the Nuances of Dwelling. In J. Maguire, K. Liston & M. Falcous (Eds). Handbook of Globalisation and Sport. Palgrave.
Joseph, J., Williams, B., & Lewis, T. (2021). The Exploring Difference Workshop: Adapting group relations to explore questions of difference and antiracism in Toronto, Canada. Organizational and Social Dynamics 21(1), 40–55.
Nachman, J., Joseph, J. & Fusco, C. (2021). ‘What if what the professor knows is not diverse enough for us?”: Whiteness in Canadian Kinesiology programs, Sport, Education, and Society, https://doi.org/10.1080.13573322.2021.1919613
Gauthier, V., Joseph, J. & Fusco, C. (2021). Lessons from Critical Race Theory: Outdoor Experiential Education and Whiteness in Kinesiology, Journal of Experiential Education, 1-17, https://doi.org/10.1177/10538259211006739
Joseph, J. & Kriger, D. (2021). Towards a Decolonizing Kinesiology Ethics Model. Quest 1-17, https://doi.org/10.1080/00336297.2021.1898996
Darnell, S., Razack, S. & Joseph, J. (2021). Sport, Social Movements and Digital Media. In. E. Pike (Ed.). Research Handbook on Sport and Society (pp. 53-67). Edward Elgar Publishing.
Joseph, J. (2021). A Dance Flash Mob, Canadian Multiculturalism, and the Politics of Belonging. In B. Stolar, A. C. Lindgren, & C. Sacchetti (Eds.) Dance Lessons: Performing Cultural Diversity in Canada. Waterloo, ON: Wilfred Laurier Press.
Razack, S. & Joseph, J. (2020). Misogynoir in Women’s Sport Media: Race, Nation, and Diaspora in the Representation of Naomi Osaka. Media, Culture and Society, 43(2), 291-308. 10.1177/0163443720960919
Joseph, J. & Crichlow, W. (Eds.) (2015). Alternative offender rehabilitation and social justice: Arts and physical engagement in criminal justice and community settings. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Joseph, J., Darnell, S., & Nakamura, Y. (Eds.) (2012). Race and sport in Canada: Intersecting inequalities. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press (Forward by Rinaldo Walcott).
Co-Applicant, Partnership for Equitable, Diverse, and Inclusive Participation, Access, and Quality Experiences in Youth Sport, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Grant, with Catherine Sabiston, principal applicant $2,500,000
Co-Applicant, A People’s History of Sport in Canada, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Grant with Russell Field, principal applicant $192,626
Co-Director, “So what do we do now?": Moving intersectionality from academic theory to recreation-based praxis, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative, with Peers, D., director; McGuire-Adams, T., Co-director $450,000
Principal Applicant, Enhancing Post-Secondary Access for Black, Indigenous and other Marginalized Youth through Embodied, Cultural and Community-Engaged Learning, University of Toronto Access Programs University Fund, $82,580
Principal Applicant, Anti-Black Racism and Equity Efforts in Canadian Post-Secondary Sport, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant $75,000
- with additional funded partnerships with Ontario University Athletics ($25,000), Canada West University Athletics ($25,000), Atlantic University Sport ($25,000), and Ontario Colleges Athletic Association ($25,000)
Principal Applicant, Movement as Health and Healing: Documenting the Sporting Experiences of Black Women, Girl, and Non-binary Athletes and Physical Educators in Canada, E-Alliance: Gender Equity in Sport Research Hub Seed Grant, $20,000
2023 Canada's Top 100 Black Women to Watch of 2023 (Canada International Black Women Excellence)
2023 North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) Research Fellows Award
2023 Emerging Leisure Scholar Award, Canadian Association of Leisure Studies
2022 Elected Member, Royal Society of Canada, College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists
2020 Impact Award, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, University of Toronto
2019 Chancellors Emerging Leader Award of Excellence, University of Toronto
2018 Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Award - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, University of Toronto
Black Canadian Studies Association, Co-President
North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Member
Women & Gender Studies Institute (WGSI), Affiliate Faculty Member
Association for Studies of the Worldwide African Diaspora, Member
Center for Research and Innovation for Black Survivors of Homicide Victims, University of Toronto, Faculty Affiliate
Institute for Dance Studies, University of Toronto Member
Insight for Community Impact, Director of Embodiment Research
Center for Sport Policy Studies, University of Toronto, Associate Member