Research

My research is situated in the fields of law and society, gender studies, and science and technology studies. My current projects include:

Regulating Traumatic Brain Injury

Concussions sportMy newest project explores the rise of traumatic brain injury as a health concern, focusing on how different forms of knowledge come to inform its treatment. My research on this topic in Australia and the United States looks at how shifting scientific and public health discourses frame traumatic brain injury as a condition and, in turn, emergent strategies aimed at preventing and managing it.

The next phase of the project examines how inequality mediates regulation targeting traumatic brain injury among sport participants, military personnel, and survivors of interpersonal violence in Australia, Canada, and the United States (including U.S. Pacific Island territories). It will illuminate how science and regulation interact across contexts, as well as how they reflect shifting understandings of brain health, the mind and body, and (injured) human agency.

Governance and Sport in Global Context

cropped-tumblr_m7tsunskjy1qbo39mo1_12801.jpgMy current sport-related research looks at how global sport actors, such as the International Olympic Committee and Fédération Internationale de Football Association, intervene in domains traditionally assumed to be beyond the scope of sport, including law, development, security, and urban governance.

What are the consequences and possibilities of these global actors shaping policies and practices beyond sport? How does their involvement in a variety of spaces reflect—and perhaps challenge—transnational trends in governance? My research involves fieldwork in centers of international lawmaking and sport governance, as well as sites in the United Kingdom, Oceania, and Brazil.