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

  • Assistant Professor, Critical Studies of Race & Indigeneity
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 Lab

Research interests include:

  • Race, Indigeneity, and Multiculturalism
  • Critical Race Theory, Methodologies, and Pedagogies 
  • Diaspora, (trans)nationalities, belonging, post-colonialism, and globalization
  • Physical literacies, embodied learning, embodied leadership
  • Physical activity and health access, equity, and ethics
  • Ethnographic, narrative, decolonizing, and community-based qualitative methodologies
  • Black Canadian Studies, anti-Black racism, Black resistance and empowerment physical cultures 

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


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).


Joseph, J. & Kriger, D. (in press) Towards a Decolonizing Kinesiology Ethics Model. Quest

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.

Joseph, J. & Falcous, M. (2017). Negotiating the ‘Kiwi Bloke’: Accessing mosaic masculinities through Afro-Brazilian sport in New Zealand Aotearoa. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. DOI: 10.1080/2159676X.2017.1380694

Joseph, J. (2014). Culture, community, consciousness: The Caribbean diaspora. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 49(6), 669-687.

Joseph, J. (2014). A narrative exploration of gender performances and gender relations in the Caribbean diaspora. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 22(2), 168-182

Almeida, M., Joseph, J., Palma, A. & Jorge Soares, A. (2013).  Marketing Strategies within an African Brazilian martial art.  Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics, 16(10), 1346-1359.

Joseph, J. (2013). What should I reveal?: Expanding researcher reflexivity in ethnographic research. Sport History Review, 44(1), 6-24.

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

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

Race, Racialization and Gender Equity in Sport, Gender Equity in Sport Research Hub Seed Grant, $18,000

Black Physical Literacies & Pedagogies: How do physical activity teachers communicate Afro-diasporic knowledge?, University of Toronto Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education Internal Grant, $10,000

Learning to Lead: Physical Cultures and Life Skills for Racialized Students, Women’s Athletic Association Trust, $2,500



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