Samantha King

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Samantha King

Dr. Samantha King

Professor, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies

Cross-appointed to the Department of Gender Studies and the Cultural Studies Program

My scholarship focuses on the embodied dimensions of consumer culture. With interdisciplinary training spanning sociology, cultural studies, queer theory, critical race studies, feminist theory, and kinesiology, my work has been concentrated in five main areas to date: i) the breast cancer fundraising industry; ii) prescription painkilling; iii) sport, racialized sexuality, and the state; iv) eating animals; and v) protein cultures. My work is expressly political and I produce work designed to engage a variety of audiences.

My academic publications have appeared in Social Text, Ethnic and Racial Studies, the Sociology of Sport JournalHealth Communication, and the International Journal of Drug Policy, among other venues. My book, Pink Ribbons, Inc: Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy (University of Minnesota Press, 2006), is the subject of a National Film Board documentary by the same name. I am co-editor of Messy Eating: Conversations on Animals as Food (Fordham University Press, 2019). With Gavin Weedon (Nottingham Trent University), my current work investigates the environmental dimensions of protein consumption using a conceptual framework that we call “ecological embodiment.”

Education

PhD, Kinesiology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2000

MA, Physical and Health Education, Queen’s University, 1993

B.Soc.Sci., Sport and Exercise Science and Sociology, University of Birmingham, 1991

Selected Publications

Books

King, S., Carey, R. S., MacQuarrie, I., Millious, V.N., & Power, E. M., (Eds.). (2019). Messy Eating: Conversations on Animals as Food. New York: Fordham University Press.

King, S. (2006). Pink Ribbons, Inc: Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Recent Refereed Journal Articles/Book Chapters

King, S. (2020). Towards a multispecies sport studies. In Andrews, D. L., Newman, J., & Thorpe, H. (Eds.), Sport, Physical Culture, and the Moving Body: Materialisms, Technologies, Ecologies. Rutgers University Press.

Weedon, G. & King, S. (2019). Enacting Bodies: The Multiplicity of Whey Protein and the Making of Corporealities. In M. McDonald & J. Sterling (Eds), Science and Technology Studies and Sport Studies.

King, S. & Weedon, G. (2019). Embodiment is ecological: The metabolic lives of whey protein powder. Body and Society, 1-25. Advanced online publication.
https://doi.org/10.1177/1357034X19878775.

King, S. (2017). Feminist cultural studies. In L. Mansfield, J. Caudwell, B. Watson & B. Wheaton (Eds.), Palgrave Handbook of Feminisms in Sport, Leisure and Physical Education. London: Palgrave.

Adams M.L., Davidson, J., Jamieson, K., Helstein, M., Kyoung-Yim, K., King, S., McDonald, M.G., & Rail, G. (2016). Feminist cultural studies: Uncertainties and possibilities. Sociology of Sport Journal, 33, 75-91.

King, S. (2015). Poststructuralism and the sociology of sport. In R. Giulianotti (Ed). Routledge Handbook of the Sociology of Sport (pp. 94-104). London: Routledge.

King, S. (2014). Oxy in Ontario: The multiple materialities of prescription drugs. International Journal of Drug Policy, 25, 486-493.

King, S. (2014). Beyond the war on drugs? Prescription opioids and the NFL. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 38, 184-193.

King, S., Carey, R.S., Jinnah, N., Millington, R., Phillipson, A., Prouse, C., and Ventresca, M. (2014). When is a drug not a drug? Brett Favre, prescription painkillers, and the National Football League. Sociology of Sport Journal, 31, 249-266.

King, S. (2013). Philanthrocapitalism and the healthification of everything. International Political Sociology, 1, 96-98.

Awards

Sociology of Sport Journal Outstanding Article Award, North American for the Sociology of Sport, 2015, for King, S., Carey, R.S., Jinnah, N., Millington, R., Phillipson, A., Prouse, C., and Ventresca, M. (2014). “When is a drug not a drug? Brett Favre, prescription painkillers, and the National Football League.” Sociology of Sport Journal, 31, 249-266.

Sociology of Sport Journal Outstanding Article Award, North American for the Sociology of Sport, 2009, for King, S. (2008). “What’s Queer About (Queer) Sport Sociology Now?” Sociology of Sport Journal, 25, 419-442.

Honorable Mention, Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Book Prize, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action for Pink Ribbons, Inc: Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy, 2007.

Courses Taught

Graduate Courses

KHS 869: The Body and Social Theory

Undergraduate Courses
KNPE 167: Socio-Cultural Dimensions of Sport and Physical Activity

HLTH 334: The Politics of Health and Illness

KNPE 495: Animals, Health and Society

HLTH 497 Ecological Embodiment: The Politics of Food, Fitness, and the Environment