Cathy van Ingen, PhD

Professor, Kinesiology

Office: WC 282
905 688 5550 x4981

My research examines the relationship between sport, inequality, and social change. As a scholar-activist, my work broadly explores gender-based violence, trauma-informed physical activity, geographies of sport, boxing, sport for development and peace, and documentary filmmaking. I am a co-founder of ‘Shape Your Life,’ a free, non-contact, trauma-informed boxing program for women-identified survivors of violence. In 2019, I also founded Shape Your Life Youth, a free, trauma-informed boxing program for youth who have experienced violence and/or trauma. 

  • Trauma-informed physical activity and research approaches
  • Boxing
  • Gender-based violence
  • Geographies of sport and resistance
  • Sport history
  • Documentary filmmaking 
  • Sport for Development and Peace 
  • North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Member
  • North American Society for Sport History, MemberInternational Boxing Research Organization, Member
  • Shape Your Life Boxing (co-founder)

van Ingen, C. (in press). Stabbed, Shot, Left To Die: Christy Martin and Gender-Based Violence in Boxing. International Review for the Sociology of Sport. 

 Fullagar, S., Rich, E., Pavlidis, A., and van Ingen, C. (Eds.) (2021). Transforming Sport and Physical Cultures through Feminist Knowledges. New York: Routledge  

 van Ingen, C. (2020). “Trauma and Recovery: Violence Against Women in a Neurological Age” In Forces of ImpactSocio-Cultural Examinations of Sports Concussion. Eds., M. MacDonald & M. Ventresca. New York: Routledge. Pp. 116-131. 

 van Ingen, C. (2019). “Women’s Boxing: Bout Time”. In The Cambridge Companion to Boxing. Ed. Gerald Early. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 137-149.  

 Sharpe, E., Lashua, B., and van Ingen, C. (2019) A Good Place for What? Placing ‘Value’ in Youth Centres. Leisure 

 McSweeny, M., Kikulis, L., Hayhurst, L., Thibault, L., and van Ingen, C. (2019). Maintaining and disrupting global-North hegemony/global-South dependence in a local African sport for development organization: The role of institutional work. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics.  

 Chawansky, M., Hayhurst, L., McDonald, M., and van Ingen, C. (Eds.) (2018). Innovations in Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) Research. New York: Routledge  

 van Ingen, C. (2018). Getting lost as a way of knowing: The art of boxing within Shape Your Life. Reprinted in Sport in Under-Resourced, Underdeveloped, and Conflict Regions. Eds. W. Massey, M. Whitley, & S. Darnell.  New York: Routledge. Pp. 64-78.  

Mandigo, J.L., Corlett, J., Holt, N., van Ingen, C., Geilser, G., MacDonald, D, and Higgs, C. (2018). The Impact of Hoodlinks Program to Develop Life Skills and Prevent Youth Violence in Guatemala. Journal for Sport for Development. (Vol. 6, No. 11), pp. 21-37. 

 van Ingen, C., Sharpe, E., and Lashua, B. (2018). Neighborhood stigma and the sporting lives of young people in public housing. International Review for the Sociology of Sport. (Vol. 53, No. 2), pp. 197-212.  

  • Qualitative Data Analysis and Interpretation
  • Cultural Studies of Sport and Leisure
  • Gender and Sport
  • Social History of Physical Education and Sport