Assistant Professor Martine Dennie is an interdisciplinary scholar who uses social research methods to empirically examine issues related to sports law. Dennie earned a BA in law and justice from Laurentian University, a JD from the Université de Moncton, a Master of Arts in Sociology from Laurentian University, and is currently completing a PhD at the University of Calgary. Her doctoral research, funded by SSHRC and Sport Canada, is an examination of participant liability and compensation for intentionally or negligently injured hockey players.  She has published in this area with articles touching on ice hockey violence, legal complexities of sports injuries, as well as articles related to multiculturalism and ice hockey.

Prior to joining the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law at Robson Hall, Assistant Professor Dennie taught numerous courses at the University of Calgary in the Department of Sociology, the Law and Society program, and the Faculty of Kinesiology. Some of these courses included Introduction to Legal Knowledge, Sociology of Sport, Gender, Sexuality, and Sports, Sociology of Law, and Socio-Legal Issues in Sports.

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Research Areas

    • Sport Law
    • Empirical Legal Studies
    • Law and Society
    • Critical Legal Studies
    • Qualitative Research Methods

Selected Publications

  • Dennie, M. (Forthcoming Fall 2021). Seeing Red: Colour-Blindness and The Performance of Whiteness in the Calgary Flames’ ‘C of Red’. Canadian Ethnic Studies Journal.
  • Dennie, M. and Wong, L. (Guest Editors). Ice Hockey in Canada: Ethnic/Racialized Minorities, Immigrants and the Nation. Canadian Ethnic Studies Journal Special Issue. Forthcoming Fall 2021.
  • Dennie, M. (May 1, 2020). Negligent Body Contact in Recreational Ice Hockey? How the Casterton Decision Changes the Applicable Legal Standards in Ontario. Hockey in Society.
  • Dennie, M. and Young, K. (2019). Complexities in Canadian Legal Approaches to Sports Injury. In Young, K. (Ed.) The Suffering Body in Sport. Research in the Sociology of Sport, Volume 12. Emerald Press.