PhD (Simon Fraser University)
MSc (University of Toronto)
BHK (University of British Columbia)
KNPE 167 – Socio-Cultural Dimensions of Sport and Physical Activity
KNPE 397 – TBC
HLTH 495 – Sport, Health, and the Environment
My research is largely activist driven and broadly explores the relationship between physical cultures and intersectional justice. I question power relations and try to complicate our understanding of how, when, and where sport and/or physical cultures can be used to address issues of injustice. My doctoral research focused on South Asian experiences in ice hockey. I used the hockey rink as a site to examine cultural citizenship and post-9/11 racial discrimination in Canada. I plan to continue examining “race” and citizenship in Canadian hockey culture by studying the development of ethnically segregated sporting spaces. I am also branching into environmental studies with a critical exploration of how sporting goods are designed and how these decisions impact the end-of-life-stage of products.
Graduate Student Opportunities
I am interested in supervising graduate students working in the areas of (new) media studies, intersectionality/intersectional justice, anti-racism, consumption culture, corporate social responsibility, (cultural) citizenship, fat activism, athlete activism, environmental sustainability/justice, outdoor culture (e.g., hiking, camping, mountaineering, climbing etc.), and public memory. Eligible students are expected to apply for SSHRC, CIHR, OGS and other available scholarship opportunities.
SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2019-2021). “Not so green bikes: A sociological life cycle analysis of bike waste.” Co-applicant, Dr. Brian Wilson, University of British Columbia.
Szto, C., Pegoraro, A., Morris, E., Desrochers, M., Emard, K., Gamble, A. et al. (forthcoming). #ForTheGame: Social change and the struggle to professionalize women’s ice hockey. Sociology of Sport Journal.
Szto, C. (2020). Changing on the Fly: Hockey through the voices of South Asian Canadians. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
Bains, A. & Szto, C. (2020). Brown skin, white ice: South Asian specific hockey programming in Canada. South Asian Popular Culture. [online first]
Norman, M., Esmonde, K., & Szto, C. (2019). Public sociology of sport and digital media: A self-reflexive analysis of public engagement in the “hockey blogosphere.” Sociology of Sport Journal, 36(2), 135-143.