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Distinguished Lecture Series

The Borghild-Strand Distinguished Lecture series is given twice yearly and exemplifies the Tucker Center’s commitment to community outreach and public education by making links to the Twin Cities metro and outstate areas. It provides a venue for the most influential individuals in women’s sports to share their knowledge and expertise. The Spring lecture is also sponsored through the Edith Mueller Park and Recreation Memorial Award.


2021 Tucker Center Fall Distinguished Lecture

Surveillance of women in sport & why it matters: Multidisciplinary perspectives


October 27, 2021


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About the Lecture

Within the last year, and particularly during the Tokyo Olympics, many issues related to women in sport arose including: drug testing, mental health, trans athlete inclusion and policy development, pay equity, mother-athlete policies, and uniform controversies. With interest in, attention to, and visibility of women’s sport in the current spotlight, the time is right to tackle the topic of continued and perhaps increased surveillance of women athletes and their bodies from a scholarly perspective. Surveillance is not a topic exclusive to privacy and the security industry, it is a social justice issue that involves questioning underlying power relations. This panel of notable multidisciplinary scholars explored the current environment of the women’s sport industry, provided historical context of the surveillance of women athletes, provided analysis of surveillance of intersectional identities, discussed ways in which surveillance practices play into the hands of privilege, and posited why it matters and how it impacts girls and women in sport. Tucker Center director Dr. Nicole M. LaVoi moderated this informative and lively discussion among experts from multiple scientific perspectives.


About the Panelists


portrait image of Dr. Angel BrutusDr. Angel Brutus is a member of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s (USOPC) Mental Health Services Team as part of the Department of Sports Medicine. She also managed a private practice based in Atlanta, GA, where she provided clinical and sport performance services to individuals, teams, and organizations and served as a medical advisory board member and training facilitator for the Eating Disorders Information Network (EDIN). Her training includes audiology and speech-language pathology, licensed professional counseling, certified rehabilitation counseling, and sport-performance psychology. Dr. Brutus is a member of multiple committees within the Association of Applied Sport Psychology in which she co-chairs Nominations/Leadership Development and previously assisted with Professional Ethics and served as a mentor in the IGNITE program, a leadership program for BIPOC students and early career professionals from traditionally marginalized communities. 


portrait image of Dr. Cheryl CookyDr. Cheryl Cooky is a professor of American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Purdue University. Her research focuses in three areas: gendered media representations of sport; gender politics of sport and public policies; and how gender shapes sports experiences, cultural meanings, and organizational structures in sports. She is the co-author of No Slam Dunk: Gender, Sport and the Unevenness of Social Change (2018, Rutgers University Press). Her research is published in a diverse array of journals including Journal of Sex Research, Sex Roles, Gender and Society, American Journal of Bioethics, Sociology of Sport Journal, among others. Committed to making research accessible to general audiences, Dr. Cooky has authored opinion-editorial articles, appeared as an expert in several documentary films, television and radio programs, and has been quoted in over 100 national and international news media outlets including The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Forbes, Globe & Mail, The Guardian, National Public Radio, among others. She is a past-president of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport and Editor of Sociology of Sport Journal, the flagship journal of the field.


portrait image of Dr. Beth DanielsDr. Beth Daniels is a research fellow and full professor of psychology at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Her research focuses on gender, media, body image, and positive youth development. One line of her research focuses on how young people perceive sport images and how these images impact self-perceptions. Dr. Daniels is presently on the editorial board for Emerging Adulthood and was previously an associate editor for Sex Roles: A Journal of Research and a contributing editor for Psychology Women Quarterly.


portrait image of Dr. Nancy LoughDr. Nancy Lough is the co-director of the Sport Research & Innovation Institute and a professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Lough is a nationally recognized expert on sport marketing, corporate sponsorship, leadership development, and creating gender parity within sport organizations. She specializes in research with a focus on the economic value of women’s sport and marketing sport to women. She is the author of the Handbook of the Business of Women’s Sport and the Handbook of Sport Marketing Research, along with numerous scholarly publications. Dr. Lough serves as the chair of the Intercollegiate Athletics Council at UNLV and as an advisory board member for the PGA Golf Management program. 


portrait image of Dr. Ann PegoraroDr. Ann Pegoraro is the co-director of the E-Alliance, a national network for research on gender equity in Canadian Sport, and is the Lang Chair in Sport Management in the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics at the University of Guelph. Dr. Pegoraro's research focuses mainly on sport consumers, marketing, and communication, including how different forms of media are used to establish connections with consumers of sport at all levels from amateur to professional. Dr. Pegoraro’s research has been published in journals such as Sex Roles, Communication and Sport, American Behavioral Scientist, Journal of Sport Management, and Online Information Review. Her recent work in digital media is focused on analytics, gender, and diversity.


portrait image of Anna PosberghAnna Posbergh is a PhD candidate and American Association for University Women (AAUW) Dissertation Fellow at the University of Maryland in the Department of Kinesiology, specializing in physical cultural studies. Her dissertation examines how protective policies are created, how they regulate women’s bodies in sporting contexts, and how different versions of “woman” are constructed. In 2019, she co-authored an opinion piece for the British Medical Journal on the medical and ethical ramifications of World Athletics’ (then the IAAF) controversial female eligibility policy. She is a 2019 recipient of the Olympic Studies Centre’s PhD Students and Early Career Academics Research Grant and has published in journals such as the Sociology of Sport Journal and Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health.


portrait image of Dr. Jaime SchultzDr. Jaime Schultz is a professor of kinesiology at The Pennsylvania State University with an affiliate faculty appointment in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. An award-winning teacher and scholar, she has published nearly 60 articles and chapters, as well as six books, including Qualifying Times: Points of Change in U.S. Women’s Sport, Women’s Sport: What Everyone Needs to Know, and Women and Sports in the United States: A Documentary Reader. She currently serves as co-editor for the University of Illinois Press’s “Sport and Society” Series.


portrait image of Dr. Nefertiti WalkerDr. Nefertiti Walker is the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer at UMass Amherst. She is also an associate professor of sport management in the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at the Isenberg School of Management. She received  both her BA and MBA from Stetson University, and her PhD from the University of Florida. Her area of expertise is sport organizational culture. Specifically, she studies intersectionality, typically of race, gender, and culture, in sport. Dr. Walker is a North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) Research Fellow and serves as a co-director for the Laboratory for Inclusion and Diversity in Sport (LIDS). Most recently, she founded the consulting firm Reculture, which creates multimedia content, research, and industry insights on the changing dynamics of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in sport culture.


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