Adam Ali, PhD

Adam Ali, PhD

Assistant Professor

Room 2225B, 3M
519 661-2111
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  • PhD (Queen’s University)
  • MHK (University of Windsor)
  • BPHE (University of Toronto)

Graduate Program Supervision

  • Sociocultural Studies in Kinesiology MA

Research In Profile

Professor Ali's research explores anti-Islamic racism, radicalization and sport in the post-9/11 era, and is grounded in post-colonial, feminist, and critical race theory. His current research also focuses on the role of sport for international development as it pertains to sustainability and the physical environment.

Professor Ali's work appears in the Sociology of Sport Journal, Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, and Frontiers in Sports and Active Living.

Featured Publications and Projects

Chapters and Reports

  • Millington, R., Ali, A.E., Smith, T. & Darnell, S. (2021). SDG 9, Chapter 1. In Kellison, T., McCullough, M. & Melton, N (Eds.) Routledge Handbook of Sport and Sustainable Development. UK: Routledge. (in press)

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  • Ali, A. E., Darnell, S.C., & Dinunzio, D. (2022). Bringing the community to the uni – critical reflections on youth recreation partnerships in Toronto. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, 172. DOI:
  • Ali, A.E. (2022). Economies of Mourning, Canadian Nationalism, and the Broncos: An Affective Reading of TSN’s 29 Forever. Sociology of Sport Journal. Ahead-of-print. DOI:
  • Ali, A.E. & King, S.J. (2021). “He could be dangerous”: Orientalism, de-radicalization, and the representation of refugee Muslim boxers in TSN’s Radical Play. Sociology of Sport Journal, 38(4), 335-344. DOI:
  • Johnson, J. & Ali, A.E. (2019). Paddling for reconciliation: A decolonial approach to land-based education amongst Manitoba Indigenous youth. Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, 14(4), 205-219. DOI: 10.1080/15595692.2019.1669015.

Visit Google Scholar for a comprehensive list of publications.

Graduate Student Opportunities

Please feel free to contact Professor Ali if you are a graduate student looking for a supervisor and interested in conducting a project within his areas of research:

  • Sport, race and colonialism
  • Sport, terrorism and radicalization
  • Sport and communication
  • Sport and emotion

Additional Information

Academic Appointments and Research Affiliations

  • Member, North American Society for the Sociology of Sport
  • Member, Canadian Sociological Association