Samantha King, PhD

PhD (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champlaign)

MA (Queen's University)

BSocSci (Joint Honours) (University of Birmingham)


Contact Information


Telephone:  613-533-6000 x74688

Office:  KINE 301V


Cross Appointments

Gender Studies, Faculty of Arts & Science


Undergraduate Courses

HLTH 334 - The Politics of Health and Illness

HLTH 434 - Social Movements in Health



Graduate Courses

KHS 869 - The Body and Social Theory


Research Summary

Trained in cultural studies and sociology, I am an interdisciplinary scholar of the body, health and sport.  I work with feminist, queer, and critical race theories to research a broad variety of topics ranging from drugs to food.  My first book, Pink Ribbons, Inc:  Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy, is the subject of an NFB documentary by the same name


Graduate Student Opportunities


Students at all levels (MA, PhD, postdoctoral) with an interest in qualitative research on the embodied dimensions of consumer culture are encouraged to apply.  Recent graduates have conducted critical, theoretically-informed work on the following subjects:  student mental health, acne, Movember, mud running, sport for development and peace, hockey nostalgia, and Russian breast cancer culture.  Although some internal funding is available, Canadian applicants are encouraged to apply for external funding from SSHRC or CIHR.  


Sample Publications


  • 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. (2016). In defence of realist tales. In B. Smith & A.C. Sparkes (Eds.), Handbook of qualitative research in sport and exercise (pp. 291-301). London: Routledge.
  • 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., 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.
  • McDonald, M. and King, S. (2012). A different contender? Barack Obama, the 2008 presidential campaign and the racial politics of sport. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 35(6), 1023-1039.
  • King, S. (2009). Homonormativity and the politics of race: Reading Sheryl Swoopes. Journal of Lesbian Studies, 13, 279-290.
  • King, S. (2009). Virtually normal: Mark Bingham, the war on terror, and the sexual politics of sport. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 33, 5-24.
  • King, S. (2008). What’s queer about (queer) sport sociology now? A review essay. Sociology of Sport Journal, 25, 419-442.
  • King, S. (2008). Offensive lines: Sport-state synergy in an era of perpetual war. Cultural Studies ~ Critical Methodologies, 8, 527-539.
  • King, S. (2006). Pink Ribbons, Inc: Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.


Works In Progress

  • King, S., Carey, S., MacQuarrie, I., Millious, V., & Power, E. M. (Eds.) (submitted for review). Messy Eating: On Theory, Politics, and Animals as Food.
  • King, S. & Weedon, G. Protein Ecologies: Whey, Waste, and Wasting in the Anthropocene.



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