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SHR announces new Editor in Chief for 2016

Carly Adams, PhD, has been selected as the incoming Editor in Chief of SHR, beginning with the 2016 volume. Adams received her PhD from the University of Western Ontario in 2007 and joined the University of Lethbridge Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education in July 2007. A paper from her dissertation won the North American Society for Sport History Graduate Student Essay Award. Adams’ research interests include 20th century Canadian sport, gender, regional and local history, oral history, and women’s sport goverance. She is particularly drawn to research methods that allow her to talk to people about their sport and leisure experiences of the past and ask them how they make sense of and remember their experiences within the context of their lives and the world around them. Adams’ current research projects explore Lethbridge’s Sporting Heritage from 1860-present (with Dr. Robert Kossuth) and the history of women’s hockey in Alberta during the 1920s and 1930s.

Adams’ initial interest in her research discipline began while she was earning her undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics and Sport Management at the University of Windsor in Ontario. She had several influential professors who piqued her interest in social history, oral history and the relevance of sport, leisure, and recreation to our understanding of the past. In 2000, she was chosen to participate in a one-semester exchange to Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. While in Melbourne Adams interned with the Melbourne Football Club. The Aussie club had a full time sport historian on staff dedicated to the team, at that point, Adams claims she was “hooked!”

Most recently, Adams has received funding through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Sport Participation Research Initiative to explore issues of community revitalization and rural survival in Southern Alberta through a case study of the Warner Hockey School in Warner, Alberta. This project will look at the social determinants that led to the establishment of the school, its purposes, both imagined and actual, and the underlying role that high performance sport might play in rural community survival.

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