Previous Visiting Scholars


Previous Visiting

Brissonneau, Christophe University of Paris-Descartes, 2013

Project: Training and Pharmaceutical Usage of Elite Athletes
Funder: Fulbright Scholarship

Dr. Brissonneau’s research focused on the training and health regimes of elite athletes, especially their use of performance enhancing drugs (doping), in and around the “Olympic City”. This research was based on intensive interviewing of athletes, sports journalist, and other sport professionals. This visit also led to the publication of Doping in Elite Sports: Voices of French Sportspeople and Their Doctors, 1950s-2010 (Routledge, 2019) with Jeffrey Montez de Oca.

Ran, Linghua, Harbin Normal University, 2016-2017

Project: Cross-National Comparison of Physical Education in the United States and China
Funder: Chinese Scholarship Council

Dr. Ran’s research engaged in a cross national study of elementary school physical education classes. Using her 9-year old son’s school as a research site in the United States, she focused on track and field meetings, PE, the playground settings and the physical activities at the school. She found significant differences in approaches to physical education in China and the United States.

Phillips, Rita, Oxford Brookes University, 2018

Project: Heroic, Damaged, Homeless? Negotiated Perceptions of the Veteran Bodymind in UK and US Society: A Qualitative Cross-Cultural Study
Funder: British Psychological Society

Dr. Phillips’ research seeks to understand why individuals in US and UK society hold potentially contradictory perceptions of veterans and how perceptions compare cross-culturally. Of the fifty-eight semi-structured interviews, 29 US interviews were conducted during the visit. This research explores how US and UK public perceptions include both victimized and heroizing sentiments of veterans and how individuals from US and UK society justify their perceptions of veterans in comparable ways: war, deployment and violence are conceptualized as inhumane, barbarous and unhealthy with immediate links to combat-exposure. This justifies attributing damage to the veteran bodymind (Price, 2015). To understand the veteran’s willingness to risk exposure to violence, a constellation of inherent bodymind dispositions prior to service are associated to veterans (i.e. physically strong, morally-superior, cognitively-limited/naïve). This visit has led to the publication of the article, “Understanding the Victimization of US Army Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans in US Public” (2022) in the Journal of Military and Veterans Health co-authored with Dr. Heather Albanesi.

He, Jun, Nanjing Normal University, 2018-2020

Project: A Cross Culture Research on Parental Involvement of Organized Youth Sport Between China and America
Funder: Chinese Scholarship Council

Dr. He’s research explored youth sport participation cross culturally to better understand how parents affect their children’s involvement from a sociological perspective. The specific objectives were to 1) explore why Chinese parents attach more importance to youth sport than ever before? 2) examine how Chinese parents affect their children’s participation in an organized sport program? 3) explore differences of parental ideologies in terms of youth sport participation between China and America. Additionally, during the visit Dr. HE published “Why the Chinese Olympics artistic gymnastics team suffered its worst performance at Rio 2016?” in International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching (2020) with Jeffrey Montez de Oca and Lei Zhang.