2019 Recipients

Andrew Pettit

Andrew Pettit

University of Western Ontario, Canada

Andrew Pettit is a PhD candidate in Kinesiology (Socio-cultural Studies) with a specialization in Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction at the University of Western Ontario. His current work on the history of the Olympic movement (PhD dissertation) as well as sport in the context of reconciliation in Canada (R.A. for the Indigenous Hockey Research Network) focuses on the possible roles sport can play in the fostering of good-will and understanding amongst peoples. Additionally, Andrew is the co-founder and editor of the Journal of Emerging Sport Studies, an online open-sourced academic journal dedicated to the dissemination of quality scholarship on sport.

Ingrid Hinojosa-Alcalde

Ingrid Hinojosa-Alcalde

Associate professor, Institut Nacional d’Educació Física de Catalunya, University of Barcelona, Spain

Ingrid Hinojosa-Alcalde has a bachelor’s degree in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences from the Institut Nacional d’Educació Física de Catalunya (INEFC) that belongs to the University of Barcelona. She also received her master’s degree in Physical Education. She is an associate professor in the department of Physical Education at INEFC Barcelona. She participates in the research group Grup d’Investigació Social i Educativa en Activitat Física i Esport (GISEAFE). She is conducting her PhD thesis about the coaching profession in Spain. Ingrid will be sharing the results of the research about the underrepresentation of women coaches in Spain at the Sport & Society 2019 Conference.

Adrianne Grubic

Adrianne Grubic

School of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, USA

Adrianne Grubic is a teaching assistant and PhD student at the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds a JM from the Emory University School of Law, a MMC from the University of South Carolina, and a BA From Auburn University. She previously worked in sports broadcasting at CNN Sports, ESPN and FOX Sports. Adrianne’s research interests include the intersection of sports, gender, and race along with sports journalism credibility. She has presented her research at AEJMC and NASSS and also has an accepted co-authored paper at this year’s ICA in Washington DC.

Jason Smith

Jason Smith

George Mason University, Fairfax, USA

Jason is a fourth-year PhD Education student at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA majoring in Learning Technologies Design Research. Throughout his studies, he has managed to combine his passion for fitness and recreation with his academic pursuits in using technology to support learning pedagogies. Some of the more fluent themes present in his research have been intrinsic motivation, wearable fitness technologies, social constructivism and self-efficacy in athletes, fitness, and recreation enthusiasts. In his full-time career, he has worked as a Senior Instructional Designer at Booz Allen Hamilton in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area supporting clients with learning strategy and evaluation of workforce instructional applications.

Melissa Otterbein

Melissa Otterbein

Graduate Assistant, Public Health, Department of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences, George Washington University, Washington D.C., USA

Melissa Otterbein, Master of Public Health, is a Graduate Assistant from George Washington University School of Public Health, Department of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences. She’s co-authored, authored, and spoken on podcasts regarding nutrition, physical activity, and sport and the Sustainable Development Goals research. A certified USA Triathlon and US Masters swimming coach, Melissa has volunteered in sport for development including football programming with refugees in Greece, community development in Togo, and locally with Special Olympics. She founded Letters to Future Sisters of the World, an online platform for females to share experiences and dreams for future generations of females. She was a Global Health Corps Fellow for a development organization and HIV/AIDS researcher at Johns Hopkins University. A 2015 USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals qualifier, 2013 70.3 Ironman World Championships Qualifier, and 2013 Ironman All World-Athlete, Melissa is a competitive cyclist who advocates for women's inclusion in the Tour de France. She is on Twitter: @motterbein and www.melissaotterbein.com.

Nathaniel Ramos

Nathaniel Ramos

School of Information, Florida State University, Tallahassee, USA

Nathaniel Ramos is a doctoral candidate at Florida State University in the School of Information. Mr. Ramos’ dissertation focuses on the adoption of smartwatches by runners. Specifically, his dissertation explores what factors influenced runners to adopt a smartwatch, what information runners utilize, and the impact of smartwatches on behavior. In addition to his dissertation, Ramos also uses data mining techniques to explore public sentiment on social media. Prior to becoming a doctoral student, he worked as a sports reporter covering various NCAA and minor league sports and reporting on those sports for newspapers, radio stations, and television stations in Colorado.

Madi Sieger

Madi Sieger

Madi Sieger is currently a graduate student in Ryerson University’s masters of media production program. Madi has a strong interest in how media narratives are constructed, especially where representations of women both on and off-screen are concerned. Combining her love of baseball and curiosity about leadership opportunities for women in media, Madi is exploring female baseball fans as a gendered-entity in sports media’s ‘economy of visibility’ (Banet-Weiser, 2015 via Cooky, 2018), and hopes to investigate how female baseball fans might experience realities of being exploited as consumers, ignored as participants, and denied opportunities as leaders.

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Marsha Boyce

Marsha Boyce

MSc Student, The University fo the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago

Marsha Boyce is an avid sports fan with a passion for all things communication related. It is no surprise then that she has previously worked in sports journalism/broadcasting in Barbados. Marsha now sets her sights, both academically and professionally, on sports management; with an emphasis on communications, public relations and marketing. Having pursued Postgraduate studies in Sports Management, Marsha wants to make a significant impact on the sporting landscape in the Caribbean, particularly in research. Her research interests span the areas of media and communication; social media use; revenue generation; women in sport; governance and anti-doping.

​Rhonda C. George

​Rhonda C. George

York University in Toronto, Canada

Rhonda C. George, ABD, is a doctoral candidate in sociology at York University in Toronto, Canada. Her doctoral research explores the specific social, educational, and athletic experiences of Black Canadian female athletes that have pursued U.S. athletic scholarships. She is interested in explicating the particular ways in which the axis of gender, intersecting with class and race, creates athletic, educational, and social experiences, opportunities, and outcomes that are distinct from the current Black male-centered athletic discourses. Her broader research interests include the sociology of education, sociology of sport, critical race studies, and Caribbean diasporic experiences. To date, she has been published in the Canadian Review of Sociology and the Canadian Journal of Higher Education. Her broader research interests include the sociology of education, sociology of sport, critical race theory, intersectionality, social reproduction, cultural studies, and Caribbean diasporic experiences.

Kevin Raposo

Kevin Raposo

Ryerson University, Canada

Kevin is a graduate student at Ryerson University pursuing a master of arts degree in media production. His research explores how photo and video are converging through sport media, and examines how industry professionals will be affected from an economic, social, and technological perspective. Outside of academia, Kevin is a passionate content creator with experience working in sport media as a photographer and video editor. At the Sport & Society conference, Kevin aspires to broaden his understanding of the field and leverage conference learning within his own career.

In Their Words

I enjoyed moderating sessions as I've only done it a couple of times prior to this conference. Moderating gave me an opportunity to be in a more involved role in the conference and now my confidence as a new scholar has grown."

Jenny Lendrum, 2015 Awardee

This experience has certainly made me more confident as a scholar and as a chair of conference sessions! I hope that the contacts I established will lead to some fruitful scholarly collaborations in the future."

2015 Awardee