Current Projects

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Dr. Cheryl MacDonald has four ongoing projects

  • Co-editing an edited volume on athlete safety and wellbeing with Martine Dennie (University of Manitoba) and MacIntosh Ross (Western University)
  • A content analysis of mainstream media framing of the development of women's professional ice hockey with Daniel Sailofsky, Ève LeBlanc, Jon Edwards, and Calvin Nite
  • A qualitative analysis of the creation of holistic support and development programming for Atlantic University Sport (AUS) athletes. This research will not be published as it is subject to the terms of privacy within the scope of her Master's degree at another institution. 
  • An analysis of First Nations athlete wellbeing and success during the transition to university sport and everyday life with Ryan Francis and Erin Denny

Quinn MacDonald

  • Fourth year Honours in Psychology student studying with Dr. Jim Cameron
  • She recently completed the HWSS Certificate program
  • Interest in studying the athlete experience

Dr. Heidi Weigand's work on Gen Z and Millennial perspectives on kindness

Drs. Weigand and Williams are conducting research on Gen Z and Millenial perspectives on kindness. Get further details on the project's Instagram account or email 

Dr. Brian Kennedy has several ongoing projects

One is a popular-level book of hockey facts. This will also feature interviews with former NHL players. I have to be a bit coy about the details because this is still in the submission phase via my agent to publishers. 

I also have a full-length academic(ish) book on hockey that at present is called Nothing So Still: The Disruptive Power of Hockey.  This is a collection of essays that reflect a cultural studies/literary analysis mode of inquiry. Topics range from borderlands studies through Freudian literary criticism to Bakhtinian interpretations of the cultural value and power of hockey.

In addition, I am set to work on a series of articles with a scholar I met through the Centre for the Study of Sport and Health, Dr. Rajani Mullerpatan, Professor-Director at the MGM Institute of Health Sciences in Navi Mumbai, India.  These articles will focus on exercise physiology amongst undergraduate students in India and the US.

I also have two conference papers on the go. One is a study for the upcoming International  MM Bakhtin conference in  Russia, a paper which  concerns itself  with kinetic movement as a  form of cultural identity. The other is a paper for the hockey conference at  Saint Mary’s  on how social media has created the modern experience of the hockey fan.

Dr. John Reid is currently working on a project on the history of cricket in Nova Scotia.

Other recent publications: 

“Age and Athleticism: A Wolfville Rector on Nineteenth-Century Cricket.”  Blog Entry, Acadiensis Blog, 10 August 2020,

 “The Life and Times of the Nova Scotia Cricket League, 1906-1914.”  Acadiensis, 49:1 (Spring 2020), 69-122. 

“‘The Home of Cricket’: The Sport of Cricket in Pictou County, to 1914.”  Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society Journal, 22 (2019), 32-54.    

“Space, Environment, and Appropriation: Sport and Settler Colonialism in Mi’kma’ki.”  Journal of Sport History, 46:2 (Summer 2019), 242-54. 

“Sport History as an Area of Comparative Study Between Canada and India.”  In K. Gayithri, B. Hariharan, and Suchorita Chattopadhyay, Nation-Building, Education and Culture in India and Canada: Advances in Indo-Canadian Humanities and Social Science Research (Singapore: Springer, 2019), 209-16.