Margaret MacNeill

Margaret MacNeill, Associate Professor, Critical Studies of Sport Media

  • Associate Professor, Critical Studies of Sport Media
55 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2W6

About Margaret

Academic Training

Ph.D. (1994): Faculty of Applied Sciences, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University 

M.A. (1986): School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen's University 

B.P.H.E. (1984): School of Physical and Health Education (now Faculty of Kinesiology  and Physical Education), University of Toronto

Graduate Student Recruitment Status
Accepting PhD and MSc students
Research Interests

Health communication

Health and physical literacy

Visual media methodologies

Critical policy studies of public health

Social marketing of active healthy living

Youth sport and fitness audience studies

Critical and cultural studies of sport media

Physical cultural studies of gender and health

Olympic television production ethnographies

Athletes' rights and relationships with the media

Cultural studies of sport, fitness and physical activity

Post-structuralist, postcolonial and feminist methodologies

Selected Publications

Nida Mustafa, Gillian Einstein, Margaret MacNeill & Judy Watt-Watson (2020) The lived experiences of chronic pain among immigrant Indian-Canadian women: A phenomenological analysis, Canadian Journal of Pain, 4:3, 40-50

Oldfield, M., MacEachern, B., Kirsh, B. & MacNeill, M. (2016). Impromptu everyday disclosure dances: how women with fibromyalgia respond to disclosure risks at work. Disability and Rehabilitation. 38(15), 1442-1453.

Hayhurst, L., Kidd, B., Knoppers, A., MacNeill, M. (2014). Gender relations, gender-based violence and sport for development and peace: Questions, concerns, cautions emerging from Uganda. Women’s Studies International Forum, 47:57-67.

MacNeill, M. (2013). ‘Screenagers’ and in/Active lifestyles: A socio-cultural analysis of lifespan promotion. Kinesiology Review, 2(1), 47-54.

Awards and Recognition

International Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology, 2006

Sociology of Sport Journal Award, 1997 

International Folio Award for Science Editing, 1994

Supervised Theses

PhD in progress

Tajrobehkar, Bahar. (2014 – present). Gender, Race and Physical Culture: SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship

Kriger, Debra. (2013-present). Beyond the Present Fat: Body size, Stigma and Risk in Public Health: CIHR Banting & Best Doctoral Fellowship

Elliott, Laura. (2012 – present). HPE Curriculum in Canada and Brazil: Comparative Biopedagogies, Media and Active Health Literacies. 

Gray, Sarah. (2010-present). Healthy Schools, Physical Activity and Nutrition Policy.

Black, Kevin. (2010-present; DLSPH). Co-Supervision with Dr. Cam Norman. The Social Marketing of Early Childhood Development and Fatherhood. Awarded SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship and CIHR Doctoral Fellowship in Public Health Policy.

MSc in Progress

MacLennan, Rosie. (2012-present). Sport, and Social Responsibility Programs. Co-supervised with Dr. Bruce Kidd: SSHRC Master’s Scholarship.

PhD awarded 

Hayhurst, Lyndsay. (2011). Governing the ‘Girl Effect’ through Sport, Gender and Development? Postcolonial Girlhoods, Constellations of Aid and Global Corporate Social Engagement. Awarded SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship; Exercise Sciences and Collaborative Graduate Program in Women's Health; Lupina Doctoral Fellowship, Munk Centre for International Studies; Co-supervised with Dr. Bruce Kidd. 

Darnell, Simon (2009). Changing the World Through Sport and Play: A Post-colonial Analysis of Canadian Volunteers Within the ‘Sport for Development and Peace’ Movement. SSHRC Doctoral Fellow.

Norman, Moss (Ted). (2009). Living in the Shadow of an Epidemic: The Discursive Construction of Boys and Their Bodies. 

Petherick, LeAnne (2008). Curriculum, Pedagogy and Embodied Experience: The Re/production of Health Discourse in Grade 9 Health and Physical Education. 

MSc Awarded

Trotter, Kathleen (2013). Gender and Physical Cultural Studies of Fitness.

Szto, Courtney. (2012). Women’s World Tennis Association, Corporate Social Responsibility and UNESCO Sport for Development Initiatives. 

Razack, Sabrina. (2009). Women's Cricket Spaces: An Examination of Female Players’ Experiences in Canada. Co-supervised with Dr Caroline Fusco. 

Shane, Lindsay. (2009). The Cycling Body and Transgressing City Spaces. Co-supervised with Dr. Caroline Fusco. 

Aloisio, Julia. (2006). A critical analysis of breast cancer fundraising runs. SSHRC funded.

Professional Memberships

Canadian Communication Association 

Canadian Public Health Association 

Centre for Canadian Sport Policy Studies 

International Association for Sociology of Sport 

International Communication Association, Health Communication Division 

National Academy of Kinesiology

North American Society for the Sociology of Sport