Presented by the School of Kinesiology, the Albert Taylor Distinguished Alumnus Lecture is designed to honour the accomplishments of a former graduate student while simultaneously recognizing the contributions of Albert (Bert) Taylor to the development of a scholarly-focused graduate education in the Faculty/School of Kinesiology at Western. It is a pan-school seminar designed to represent one of the highest honours the School of Kinesiology can bestow upon a graduate.
Her teaching and research involve the historical and socio-cultural aspects of sport and physical activity. She examines how people in the past have engaged in organized physical activities, and in how, historically, exercise has been an important part of both social life and medical practice in the western world.
Her research focuses particularly on issues of gender, social class, the environment, and locality in the history of sport and physical activity. She is also broadly interested in the relationship between sport and hegemony and is currently working on a SSHRCC-funded book examining the history of environment, the state,
and recreation on the Burlington Bay.