Dr. Patricia Vertinsky

Professor of Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada


Dr. Patricia Vertinsky is a distinguished university scholar and professor of kinesiology. She is a social and cultural historian working across the fields of women’s and gender history with a special interest on physical culture, physical education and modern dance. Her work focuses on the study of normalizing disciplinary regimes in kinesiology and sport science and the social, political, and scientific context in which they have been conceived and promoted. She is particularly interested in regimes of risk and the gendered body in relation to patterns of physical culture and globalization in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Dr. Vertinsky is an international fellow of the American Academy of Kinesiology, past president of the North American Society of Sport History, and past vice president of the International Society for Physical Education and Sport History.
Dr. Vertinsky and the department of Kinesiology at UBC have been allies of TOPs and are researching ways they can work together in the future for further study of the effect of exercise on scoliosis patients.