Cathy van Ingen, PhD

Professor, Kinesiology

Office: WC 282
905 688 5550 x4981

My research investigates the relationship between sport, inequality, violence and social change. The specific issues I am researching include gender-based violence, boxing, trauma-informed physical activity, geographies of sport and physical activity, sport media, youth culture and sport for development. I am interested in how ideologies of race, gender, and sexuality shape and are shaped by cultural forms, practices and institutions, and how sport can be a site of cultural resistance and domination. I am the co-founder and lead researcher with ‘Shape Your Life,’ a free, non-contact boxing program for female-identified people who have experienced violence.

  • Trauma-informed physical activity and research approaches
  • Boxing
  • Gender-based violence
  • Geographies of sport and resistance
  • Sport history
  • 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). “Women’s Boxing: Bout Time”. In The Cambridge Companion to Boxing. Ed. Gerald Early.van Ingen, C., Sharpe, E., and Lashua, B. (2016).

Neighborhood stigma and the sporting lives of young people in public housing. International Review for the Sociology of Sport. DOI: 10.1177/1012690216641146;van Ingen, C. (2016).

Getting lost as a way of knowing: The art of boxing within Shape Your Life. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health. (Vol 8, No. 5). pp. 472-486. DOI: 10.1080/2159676X.2016.1211170

Bailey, K. A., Gammage, K. L., van Ingen, C., & Ditor, D. S. (2016). “My body was my temple”: A narrative revealing body image experiences following treatment of a spinal cord injury. Disability and Rehabilitation, July 18, 2016.

Bailey, K. A., Gammage, K. L., van Ingen, C., & Ditor, D. S. (2016). Managing the Stigma: Exploring body image experiences and self-presentation among people with spinal cord injury. Health Psychology Open, June 1, 2016, 1-10. DOI: 10.1177/2055102916650094

Bailey, K. A., Gammage, K. L., van Ingen, C., & Ditor, D. S. (2015). “It’s all about acceptance”: A qualitative study exploring a model of positive body image for people with spinal cord injury. Body Image, (Vol. 15), pp. 24-34. DOI: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2015.04.010

van Ingen, C. (2013). ‘Seeing What Frames Our Seeing’: Seeking Histories on Early Black Female Boxers. Journal of Sport History. (Vol. 40, No. 2), pp. 93-110. ; [*****note –the template did not allow me to separate into a new line… but this is should be listed as a different publication] (2013).

van Ingen, C. (2013). “Laila Ali”. In American Sports: A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas. M.R. Nelson Ed. ABC-CLIO publishing: Santa Barbara, CA. Vol.1, pp. 26-29.

van Ingen, C. & Kovacs, N. (2012). “Subverting the Skirt: Female Boxers’ ‘Troubling’ Uniforms. Feminist Media Studies. (Vol. 12, No. 3). pp. 460-463.

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