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Janelle Joseph, Assistant Professor, Critical Studies of Race & Indigeneity

  • Assistant Professor, Critical Studies of Race & Indigeneity
  • Founder and Director, IDEAS (Indigeneity, Diaspora, Equity and Anti-Racism in Sport) Research Lab
55 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2W6

About Janelle

Academic Training

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

Graduate Student Recruitment Status
Accepting PhD and MSc students
Research Interests

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, Anti-Racism Policy in Post-Secondary Sport
  • Critical Race Theory, Methodologies, and Pedagogies 
  • Diaspora, (trans)nationalities, post-colonialism, and globalization
  • Embodied learning and leadership, physical activity access and ethics
  • Ethnographic, narrative, decolonizing, and community-based qualitative methodologies
  • Black Canadian Studies, anti-Black racism, Black resistance 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.

Selected Publications

Kriger, D. Keyser-Verrault, A., Joseph, J. & Peers, D. (2022). The Operationalizing Intersectionality Framework, Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology

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. (2017). Sport and the Black Atlantic: Cricket, Canada, and the Caribbean diaspora. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press.

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).

Currently Funded Projects

Reimagining Inclusion from the Margins: Transforming Sport Access and Equity, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) New Frontiers in Research Exploration Fund, $249,936

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

Experiences of Black Canadian Student Athletes, Coaches and Sport Administrators, Black Canadian Coaches Association, $40,000

Anti-racism in Ontario University Sport, Ontario University Athletics, $25,000

Anti-racism in Canada West University Sport, Canada West University Athletics Association, $25,000

Anti-racism in Ontario College Athletic Association, Ontario College Athletics Association, $25,000

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

Black Physical Literacies: Anti‐Racism Movements and Education, Connaught New Researcher Award, $19,000 

Radical Reimagining of Physical Activity: Black and Mixed-Race Identity Perspectives, Black Research Network $5000



Awards and Recognition


2020 Impact Award for Strategic Innovation Initiatives - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) Group Award, University of Toronto 

2019 Award of Excellence, Emerging Leader, University of Toronto

2018 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Award, University of Toronto

Professional Memberships

North American Society for the Sociology of Sport

Black Canadian Studies Association (Co-President, 2022-present)