KinesiologyWestern Health Sciences

Kevin Wamsley, PhD

Kevin WamsleyProfessor
School of Kinesiology  

Room 200C, HSB 
519 661-2111 x86692
kbwamsle@uwo.ca

Education

  • PhD (Alberta)
  • MA (Western University)
  • BA Honours (Western University)

Supervising Graduate Students

  • Yes

Leadership Roles and Activities

On Campus

  • Associate Dean: Faculty of Health Sciences, Western University (2005-present)
  • Acting Dean: Faculty of Health Sciences, Western University (2009-10 academic year)
  • Director: International Centre for Olympic Studies, Western University (1999-2005)
  • Member: Campus Master Plan Committee, Western University (2012-present)
  • Chair: Steering Committee on Academic Processes and Systems, Western University (2013-15)
  • Honorary Degrees Committee, Western University (2013-15)
  • Associate Dean: Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary (1997)

In the Community

Program Development

Research and Teaching

Research Interests

  • The Olympic Games - history; politics of hosting; organization of gender
  • Canadian sport history; violence, masculinity, sport and the state
  • Boys' involvement in physical education
  • Curling and rural women's health

Research Affiliations and Professional Activities

Teaching Areas

  • Sport History
  • The Olympic Games
  • Sport and Gender
  • Sport and Politics

Publications

Books/Monographs

Authored

  • Morrow, D. and Wamsley, K. (2013). Sport in Canada: A History, 3rd edition. Don Mills, ON: Oxford.
  • Morrow, D. and Wamsley, K. (2009). Sport in Canada: A History, 2nd edition. Don Mills, ON: Oxford.
  • Morrow, D. and Wamsley, K. (2005). Sport in Canada: A History.  Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press. 318 pp.

Edited

  • Young K. and Wamsley, K., (Eds.) (2005) Global Olympics: Historical and Sociological Studies of the Modern Games (Oxford: Elsevier Press) (50% contribution). 372 pp.
  • Wamsley, K. (Ed.). (1995). Method and Methodology in Sport and Cultural History. (pp. 291). Dubuque, IA: Brown and Benchmark (100 % contribution). 291 pp.Aut

Full Proceedings Edited

  • Barney, R.K. Heine, Michael, K., Wamsley, Kevin B. and MacDonald Gordon H., (2008). Pathways: Critiques and Disclosure in Olympic Research,  International Centre for Olympic Studies, The University of Western Ontario, London, ON., (25% contribution). 55pp.
  • Wamsley, K., Martyn, S.G. and Barney, R.K., (Eds.,) (2004) Cultural Relations Old and New: The Transitory Olympic Ethos,  International Centre for Olympic Studies, The University of Western Ontario, London, ON., (75% contribution). 240 pp.
  • Wamsley, K., Barney, R.K. & Martyn, S.G.  (Eds.).  (2002). The Global Nexus Engaged: Past, Present, Future Interdisciplinary Olympic Research.  International Centre for Olympic Studies, The University of Western Ontario, London, ON (75 % contribution). 258 pp.
  • Wamsley, K., Martyn, S.G., MacDonald, G. & Barney, R.K.  (Eds.).  (2000). Bridging Three Centuries: Intellectual Crossroads and the Modern Olympic Movement.  International Centre for Olympic Studies, The University of Western Ontario, London, ON (75 % contribution). 260 pp.
  • Barney, R.K., Wamsley, K., Martyn, S. & MacDonald, G. (Eds.) (1998). Global and Cultural Critique: Problematizing the Olympic Games.  (pp. 226).  International Centre for Olympic Studies, The University of Western Ontario, London, ON (40 % contribution). 226 pp.

Other Publications

International Journals Edited

  • 1999-2005 Senior Editor: OLYMPIKA: The International Journal of Olympic Studies, (internationally peer-reviewed) with Stephen R. Wenn,). 80% contribution
    • 2014, volume XXIII, (co-editor)
    • 2013, Volume XXII, (co-editor)
    • 2012, Volume XXI, (co-editor)
    • 2011, Volume XX, (co-editor)
    • 2005, Volume XIV, 140 pp.
    • 2004, Volume XIII, 128 pp.
    • 2003, Volume XII, 112 pp.
    • 2002, Volume XI, 200 pp.
    • 2001, Volume X, 136 pp.
    • 2000, Volume IX, 148 pp.
    • 1999, Volume VIII, 136 pp.

Chapters in Books

  • Wamsley, K. (2012) “The Olympic Games: Pedagogical Politics for Bodies and Minds, in E. Singleton and A. Varpalotai, Pedagogy in Motion: A Community of Inquiry for Human Movement Studies, London, ON: The Althouse Press, 239-258 (100%)
  • Rider, T. and Wamsley, K. (2012). “From Olympic Myth and Heritage: Enterprise, in H. Lenskyj and S. Wagg, eds, A Handbook of Olympic Studies, Palgrave, 289-303.
  • Wamsley, K. (2011) “Winter Olympics,” in Steven A. Riess, ed., Sports in America, Armonk, NY: Sharpe. 683-689. (100%)
  • Wamsley, K. (2011) “The Rules of the Games,” in P. Donnelly, Taking Sport Seriously: Social Issues in Canadian Sport, third edition, 278-9. (100%)
  • Wamsley, K. (2009) “The Olympic Games,” in Akira Iriye and Pierre Yves, (Eds.), The Palgrave Dictionary of Transnational History. 100%
  • Wamsley, K. and Heine, M. (2007) “Fair Game: Indigenous Peoples and the Physical Culture Exhibits of World Expositions,” in M. Lammer, E. Mertin, and T. Terret, (eds.) New Aspects of Sport History, Cologne, Germany: Academia, pp. 62-66. (75%)
  • Wamsley, K. (2007) “Womanizing Olympic Athletes: Policy and Practice during the Avery Brundage Era, in G.P. Schaus and Stephen R. Wenn, (eds.), Onward to the Olympics: Historical Perspectives on the Olympic Games, Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2007, pp.  273-282. 100%
  • Wamsley, K., (2007) “The public importance of men and the importance of public men: Sport and Masculinity in 19th Century Canada.”  In K. Young & P. White (Eds.).  Sport and Gender in Canada 2nd edition London: Oxford University Press pp. 75-92. (30% new material). 100%
  • Wamsley, K. (2007) “Sport and Social Problems,” in Jane Crossman, (Ed.), Canadian Sport Sociology 2nd edition, Scarborough, ON: Thomson pp. 139-156. 100%
  • Wamsley, K. (2006) “Celebrating Violent Masculinities: The Boxing Death of Luther McCarty,” in James Opp and John C. Walsh, (eds.) Home, Work, and Play: Situating Canadian Social History, 1840-1980, Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press, pp. 286-295 (with David Whitson reprint). 80%
  • Adams, C. and Wamsley, K. (2005) “Moments of Silence in Shallow Halls of Greatness: The Hockey Hall of Fame and the Politics of Representation,” in Colin D. Howell, (Ed.), Putting it on Ice, (Halifax, NS: Gorsebrook Research Institute), pp. 13-18. 50%
  • Forsyth, J, and Wamsley K., “Symbols without Substance: Aboriginal Peoples and the Illusions of Olympic Ceremonies” in Kevin Young and Kevin Wamsley (Eds.) Global Olympics: Historical and Sociological Studies of the Modern Games (Oxford: Elsevier Press) pp. 227-248. 50%
  • Wamsley, K. (2005) “Olympic Men and Women: The Politics of Gender in the Modern Games” in Kevin Young and Kevin Wamsley (Eds.) Global Olympics: Historical and Sociological Studies of the Modern Games (Oxford: Elsevier Press) pp. 103-126, 90% (with Gertrud Pfister). 90%.
  • Wamsley, K. (2005) “Introduction: Coubertin’s Olympic Games: The Greatest Show on Earth” in Kevin Young and Kevin Wamsley (Eds.) Global Olympics: Historical and Sociological Studies of the Modern Games (Oxford: Elsevier Press), pp. xiii – xxv (with Kevin Young). 90%
  • Wamsley, K. (2004) “Calgary 1988,” in John E. Findling and Kimberley D. Pelle, (Eds.), Encyclopedia of the Modern Olympic Movement (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press), pp. 389-398. 100%
  • Wamsley, K. (2004) “Lacrosse Exhibition Tours,” in C. Richard King, Ed.), Native Americans in Sports, (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe), pp.179-180. 100%
  • Wamsley, K.  (2004)  “W. George Beers,” in C. Richard King, (Ed.), Native Americans in Sports, (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe), pp. 40-41. 100%
  • Wamsley, K. (2004) “Olympic Games,” in C. Richard King, (Ed.), Native Americans in Sports, (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe), pp.234-236. 100%
  • Wamsley, K. (2004) “American Turners at the Olympic Games,” in Annette Hofmann, (Ed.), Turnen and Sport: Transatlantic Transfers. Munster: Waxman (pp.205-220). 100%
  • Wamsley, K. (2004) “Laying Olympism to Rest,” in John Bale and Mette Krogh Christensen, (Eds.).Post Olympism? Questioning Sport in the Twenty-first Century. Oxford: Berg Press (pp.231-242). 100%
  • Wamsley, K.  (2004) Miracles, Modernization, Debt, and Even Disney on Ice and Snow: The North American Contribution to the Olympic Cultural Topography,” in Larry Gerlach, (Ed.). The Winter Olympics: From Chamonix to Salt Lake City. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, (pp. 110-126) 100%
  • Wamsley, K.  (2003). Violence and Aggression in Sport.  In J. Crossman (Ed.).Canadian Sport Sociology Thomson. (pp. 90-101). 100%
  • Wamsley, K.  (2001). Hockey.  In P. Ferguson Clement & J. Reinier (Eds.).  Boyhood in America. Santa Barbara: CA, ABC Clio. 100%
  • Wamsley, K.  (2000). What Price for World Class?  In P. Donnelly (Ed.). Taking Sport Seriously: Social Issues in Canadian Sport (2nd ed., pp. 53-56).100%
  • Wamsley, K.  (1999). The public importance of men and the importance of public men: Sport and Masculinity in 19th Century Canada.  In P. White & K. Young (Eds.).  Sport and Gender in Canada (pp. 24-39).  London: Oxford University Press. 100%
  • Wamsley, K. (1996) “Calgary, 1988” in J. Findling, K.D. Pelle, (Eds.), Historical Dictionary of the Olympics, (Westport, CN: Greenwood Press), pp. 310-317. 100%
  • Wamsley, K. (1994). “A Home in the South: The Turners of Galveston, Texas  1840-1865”, in Eitzen, G., and Wiggins, David K.,(Eds.), Ethnicity & Sport in North American History & Culture (Westport, CN: Greenwood Press), pp. 43-54. 100%

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Leipert, B., Plunkett, R., Mair, H., Meagher-Stewart, D., Scurby, L, and Wamsley, K. (2011)  I couldn’t imagine my life without it! Curling and health promotion: A photovoice study. The Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 43(1), 60-78). 10%
  • Ryan, D. & Wamsley, K. (2007) ‘The Fighting Irish of Toronto: Sport and Irish Catholic Identity at St. Michael’s College, 1906 – 1916, Sport in Society, Vol. 10, 3, pp. 495-513. 40%
  • Forsyth, J. & Wamsley, K. (2006) ‘Native to Native...We’ll Recapture Our Spirits: ‘The World Indigenous Nations Games and North American Indigenous Games as Cultural Resistance, The International Journal of the History of Sport, Vol. 23, 2, pp. 294-314. 50% 
  • Gillespie, G. & Wamsley, K. (2005) Clandestine Means: The Aristocratic British Hunting Code and Early Game Legislation in Nineteenth-Century Canada, Sporting Traditions 22, 1 (2005): 99-120. 40%
  • Ryan, D & Wamsley, K. (2004) A Grand Game of Hurling and Football: Sport and Irish Nationalism in Old Toronto. Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, 30, 1, 21-31. 40%
  • Kossuth, R. & Wamsley, K. (2003).  Cycles of Manhood: Pedalling Respectability in Early Ontario Bicycle Clubs. Sport History Review, 34, 1. 168-189. 30%
  • Wamsley, K. (2002). The global sport monopoly: a synopsis of 20th century Olympic politics.  International Journal, LVII, 3, 395-411. 100%
  • Wamsley, K. (2002). My Father Doesn’t Whistle Anymore.  Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature, XIX, 2, 25-41. 100%
  • Wamsley, K. & Kossuth, R. (2001).  Fighting it out in Upper Canada/Canada West: Masculinities and Physical Challenges in the Tavern.  Journal of Sport History, 27 (3), 405-430. 80%
  • Wamsley, K. (1999). What Price for World Class? Canadian Issues, 14-15, Autumn 1999. 100%
  • Wamsley, K. (1998). “State Formation and Institutionalized Racism: The Gambling Laws in 19th and Early 20th Century Canada”, Sport History Review, 29, 1, May, pp. 77-85. 100%
  • Wamsley, K. & Whitson, D.  (1998). Celebrating Violent Masculinities: The Boxing Death of Luther McCarty.  Journal of Sport History, 25, 1, spring, 1998. 80%
  • Wamsley, K. (1997). Nineteenth Century Sport Tours, State Formation, and Canadian Foreign Policy. Sporting Traditions, 13, 2, 73-89. 100%
  • Wamsley, K. (1997). Policy Implications For Hosting the Olympics.  Policy Options, Vol. 18, No. 3, May 1997, 13-15. 100%
  • Wamsley, K. (1997). Power and Privilege in Historiography: Constructing Percy Page.  Sport History Review, 28, 2. 144-155. 100%
  • Heine, M. and Wamsley, K. (1996). “Kickfest at Dawson City: Native Peoples and the Sports of the Klondike Gold Rush”, Sport History Review, 27(1), pp. 72-86. 30%
  • Wamsley, K. and Heine, M. (1996). “Tradition, Modernity, and the Construction of Civic Identity: The Calgary Olympics”, Olympika, V, pp. 81-90. 70%
  • Young, K. and Wamsley, K. (1996). “State Complicity in Sports Assault and the Gender Order in Twentieth Century Canada: Preliminary Observations”, AVANTE, Vol. 2 (2) pp. 51-69. 40%
  • Wamsley, K.  (1995). “Cultural Signification and National Ideologies: Rifle-shooting in Late 19th Century Canada”, Social History, Vol.20, No. 1, January, pp. 63-72. 100%
  • Wamsley, K. and Heine, M. (1995). “Sabbath legislation and state formation in 19th century Canada”, AVANTE, Vol. 1, (2), pp. 44- 57. 70%
  • Wamsley, K. (1994). “Good Clean Sport and a Deer Apiece: Game Legislation and State Formation in 19th Century Canada”, Canadian Journal of History of Sport, Vol.XXV, No.2, December, pp. 1-20. 100%
  • Wamsley, K. (1989). “Strangers in the 19th Hole: The Evolution of Golf in Edmonton and the Establishment of Canada's First Municipal Golf Course  1816-1914”, Canadian Journal of History of Sport, Vol. XX, No. 2, December, pp. 1-14. 100%
  • Wamsley, K. & Redmond, G. (1988). “Canadians at the Winter Olympic Games”, CAHPER, vol. 54, No.1, Jan/Feb, pp. 4-8. 100% contribution

Full Papers in Refereed Conference Proceedings

  • Wamsley, K. and MacDonald, G. (2006) “Child’s Play: Decreasing Size and Increasing Risk in Women’s Olympic Gymnastics,” in Nigel B. Crowther, Robert K. Barney, Michael K. Heine, (eds.), Eighth International Symposium for Olympic Research, London, ON: 2006: 3 39-346. 85%.
  • Kossuth, R. and Wamsley, K.B.  (2005) California “Cycling on the Range: Men and Their Machines on the Canadian Prairie Frontier, Sixteenth International Cycle History Conference, Davis, California, 40%.
  • Mason, F. and Wamsley, K.B (2005) “The Serving Sportsman and the Sporting Soldier: War Time Masculinities in the Canadian Press” ISHPS Annual Conference Proceedings, Cologne, Germany, 40%.
  • Wamsley, K.B. and Michael Heine (2005) “Fair Game: Indigenous Peoples and the Physical Culture Exhibits of World Expositions,” ISHPS Annual Conference Proceedings, Cologne, Germany. 70%.
  • Wamsley, K. and Schultz, Guy, (2000) “Rogues and Bedfellows: The IOC and the Incorporation of the FSFI” in Wamsley, K.B., Martyn, S.G., MacDonald, G. & Barney, R.K. Fifth Sydney, Australia. 80%.
  • Wamsley, K. (1998) “American Boys in Paris: Canadian Participation in the Games of 1900”, in R.K. Barney, Kevin B. Wamsley, Gordon MacDonald, Scott Martyn, Fourth International Symposium For Olympic Research, London. 100%.
  • Wamsley, K. & Heine, M.  (1996). “‘Don’t Mess with the Relay, It’s Bad Medicine ’: Aboriginal Culture and the 1988 Winter Olympic Games”, in R.K. Barney, ed., Olympic Perspectives, Third International Symposium For Olympic Research, London: Centre for Olympic Studies, pp. 173-178. 60%.
  • Wamsley, K. & Heine, M.  (1994). “Calgary is not a cowboy town  Ideology, The Olympics, and the Politics of Identity”, in R.K. Barney and K.V. Meier, (Eds.), Critical Reflections on Olympic Ideology: Second International Symposium For Olympic Research, London: Centre for Olympic Studies, 1994, pp. 78-83. 80%.
  • Wamsley, K. (1988). “The Evolution of Golf in Edmonton”, Canadian Symposium for the History of Sport, Proceedings, London. 100%.