Dr. jay johnson
Associate Professor

113 Frank Kennedy Centre
University of Manitoba

Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2


Dr. jay johnson is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, University of Manitoba and holds a PhD in Education, Sociology and Equity Studies, a Master’s in Exercise Science, a B.Ed. with an emphasis on junior, intermediate and senior education, all from the University of Toronto, and a B.A. from the University of Guelph. Jay has an extensive and interdisciplinary teaching background which has awarded him the opportunities to not only teach in diverse fields of education, both at the University as well as junior and high school levels, in addition to being involved in crafting, designing and implementing curriculum, designed to target those varying populations. Jay’s current interdisciplinary research explores child labor issues and body fascism, doping knowledges of elite female triathletes, the impact of climatic change on our physical experiences and the interface of sport, physical activity and the environment. He has published extensively in international journals on issues examining the influence of sex, level of competition, sport type, athletic identity, and social norms on hazing and initiations and co-edited Making the Team: Inside the World of Sport Initiations and Hazing. He has researched the effects of body-based harassment on girls’ and boys’ body image and participation in physical activity. As well, he is currently investigating how economically and socially disadvantaged youth experience their metropolitan landscape in a bid to identify desired environmental changes that may increase the use of active spaces. jay is also pursuing research streams which examine the utility, function and performance of the bike and bicycle culture and community for adults and for youth. Jay is a former wrestler and hockey player who can now be occasionally seen on a triathlon course as either a coach or a participant. He is an avid cyclist who is keen to make opportunities available for all to tap into the joy of being on two wheels.



(2014-2016) j. johnson, (PI) M. Holman, Allan, E., M. Madden & J. Chin. “Transforming the Canadian sport culture: A National study of gender, race, sexuality and violence in sport hazing as barriers to sport participation”. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Sport Participation Research Initiative.

(2015-2017) J. McGavock, (PI), Halas, J., (PI), Johnson, A., (PI), McRae, H., (PI), et al., & j. johnson (Co-I).  “Aboriginal Youth Mentorship Program in Northern First Nations Communities”. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Team Grant: Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal People-Implementation Research Team Grant.

(2014/2015) M. Norman & j. johnson. University Grants Research Program (UGRP), 1 year. "Looking Back Before Moving Forward: An Oral History of the Physical Cultures of Sandy Bay First Nation".

(2014-15) Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award-recipient. Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management.



johnson, j. & Ali, A.E. (2017, In Press). Ecological modernization and the 2014 NHL sustainability report. Sociology of Sport Journal.

J. Kim & j. johnson. (2017). Mini U Brochures: Advertising social exclusion at a post-secondary institution, Canada? European Journal of Sustainable Development, 6(1), p.103-122.

johnson, j., Holman, M., Chin, J., Guerrero, M. & Signer, M.A. (In Press, 2017). An examination of hazing in Canadian intercollegiate sports. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology.

johnson, j., & J. W. Chin. (2016). Seeking new glory (d)haze: A qualitative examination of adventure-based, team orientation rituals as an alternative to traditional sport hazing for athletes and coaches. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 11(3), p.1-15.DOI: 10.1177/1747954116643648.

johnson, j. & A. E. Ali (2016). Skating on thin ice? An interrogation of Canada’s melting pastime. World Leisure Journal, p. 1-13. DOI: 10.1080/16078055.2016.1216889.

Safai, P., j. johnson, & J. Bryans. (2016). The Absence of Resistance Training? Exploring the politics of health in high performance youth triathlon. Sociology of Sport Journal, 33(4), p.269-281.

johnson, j. & A.E. Ali. (2016). The Climate Activist? The inverted quarantine and individuals protecting themselves from environmental "risk" through the consumption of products. In F. Wherry and J. B. Schor (Eds.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Economics and Society. (p. 389-392). Sage Publishing.

j. johnson & A. E. Ali. (In Press, 2016). Sustainability, greenwashing, and the light green approach to sport environmentalism: An introduction to “sustainability”. In Routledge Handbook of Sport and the Environment. Edited by B. P. McCullough & T. Kellison (Eds.).

johnson, j. (2015, October). Dying to make the team: A case study examining the benefits for
athletic teams in using Outdoor Adventure Education practices in place of traditional hazing. In Adventure Programming and Travel for the 21st Century. Edited by R. Black & K. Bricker (Eds.), Venture Publishing, USA.

johnson, j. & J. W. Chin (2015). Hazing rites/rights: using outdoor- and adventure education-based orientation to effect positive change for first-year athletes. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 16(1), p.16-30.

M. Holman & j. johnson. (2015). Moving from awareness towards prevention: A case study of varsity athletic hazing as a guide for administrators. Physical and Health Education Journal, 81(2), p.1-29.

Moola, F., j. johnson, J. Lay, S. Krygsman, & G. Faulkner. (2015). The Heartbeat of Hamilton: 
Reflections on the methodological process of exploring Hamilton youths’ environmental perceptions. International Journal of Qualitative Methods. p. 1-14. 
DOI: 10.1177/1609406915611560.

johnson, j., Butryn, T., & M. Masucci. (2013).  A qualitative examination of doping knowledge among elite female triathletes. Sport in Society, Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics, 16(5), p. 654-671.

johnson, j., & J. Chin. (Forthcoming). Glory (D)haze: The transformative space(s) of team orientation rituals as a replacement for historical hazing.

johnson, j., Butryn, T., & M. Masucci. (2012). A qualitative examination of doping knowledge among elite female triathletes. Sport in Society. (In Print)

Butryn, T., johnson, j., & M. Masucci. (June, 2012). A qualitative examination of knowledge of doping and anti‐doping education among elite US and Canadian female triathletes. Report prepared for the World Anti-­‐Doping Agency (WADA), June, 2012, p. 1-33. http://www.wada-ama.org/en/

L. Eliopulos. & j. johnson. (2012). Inside the vortex of sport celebrification: A textual analysis of Jessica Simpson, Tony Romo, and traditionally constructed gender roles. International Journal of Sport Communication, 5 (2), p. 210-230

Chin, J. W. & j. johnson. (2011).Making the team: Threats to health and wellness within sport hazing cultures. The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, 1(2), p. 29-38.

johnson, j. (2011). Across thethreshold: A comparative analysis of communitas and rites of passage in sport hazing and initiations. Canadian Journal of Sociology, 36(3), p. 199-226.

Holman, M., johnson, j. & M. K. Lucier. (2011). Sticks and stones: The multifarious effects of body-based harassment on young girls’ healthy lifestyle choices. Sport, Education and Society, 16(3), p. 1-23.



johnson, j., Holman, M. (book) (August, 2004) (Eds). Making the Team: Inside the World of Sport Hazing and Initiations. Canadian Scholars’ Press.


Selected Supervised Student Theses

Simrit Deol - New Immigrant Girls’ Experiences with Physical Activity: An Intersectionality Approach

(co-advisor) Guanpeng Zhou - A qualitative examination of the experiences of Winnipeg Urban Aboriginal Youth Rec and Read Program

(co-advisor) Shane Ray - An analysis of the cultural impact(s) of the hydro electric power system on the community in Pine Falls/Powerview

Laura Andersson - Sudden Cardiac Death in Running: The Psychosocial Impact on Running Communities- (College Outstanding Thesis Award)

Lindsey Eliopulos - “Firing the Pigskin Real Right”: Media Representations of Jessica Simpson & Tony Romo

Ryan Laperle - Monitoring ankle rehabilitation with Wii fit

Jim Rubalcava - The Forgotten Man: A Historical Account of Mark Brown’s Involvement With the First Gay Games

Brittany Syrovatka - Hazing in High School Athletics: A Qualitative Examination of Private and Public Academic Institutions-Defended

Kirky Kirkendall - Into the Wild: A Qualitative Exploration of Outdoor Experiential Adventure First Year Female University Students

Josh Pendleton - Program Directors’ Perceptions of Quality in NATA-Accredited Post Professional Athletic Training Education Program

Robert Wright - Framing Barry Bonds: A Mixed Methods Inquiry into Media Framing Paul Ramirez - Barriers to Physical Activity for Latino Youth

Lisa Herbert - The Relationship Between Marathon Race Size and Medical Infrastructure

Tony Gianotti - Academic Achievement, Delinquent Behavior, and Sport: The ability of organized school-based sports programs to positively impact educational opportunity, motivation, and ability for low-achieving students through positive youth development


Select Courses Taught              

  • Culturally Relevant Physical Education and Health;
  • Sustainable Nature-Based Tourism and Recreation;
  • The History of Sport and Human Movement;
  • The Sociology of Sport and Physical Activity;
  • Conflict and Cooperation;
  • Graduate Sport Ethics and Philosophy;
  • Graduate History and Physical Cultures;
  • Graduate International Sport and Physical Cultures;
  • An Examination of Hazing in the Sporting Context: Emphasizing Alternative Orientations;
  • Philosophy and Ethics of Sport and Physical Activity;
  • Theory and Analysis of Exercise;
  • The Social Body;
  • Strategic Planning of Sporting Events;
  • Principles of Sport Management, Conflict and Cooperation;
  • Games of the World, Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspective


Research key words

hazing; gender; violence; masculinity; education; policy, triathlon; doping; environment; environmentalism; physical activity; socio-cultural; bicycle communities; youth; active transportation; physical geographies; body image; education; sport


Dr. jay johnson