Yuka Nakamura

Assistant Professor

Locations / Contact Info:

349 Norman Bethune College - BC
Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 22372

Email address(es):


Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Kinesiology & Health Science


PhD - 2009
University of Toronto

Selected Publications

Nakamura, Y. (In press). The study of Asians and their sporting endeavours: Considerations and cautions. In R. King (ed.) Asian Americans in Sport and Society. Routledge.

Nakamura, Y. (2012).  Playing in Chinatown:  A critical discussion of the nation/sport/citizen triad.  In J. Joseph, S. Darnell, & Y. Nakamura's (Eds.) Race and sport in Canada:  Intersecting inequalities.  (pp. 213-236). Toronto:  Canada Scholar's Press Inc.

Donnelly, P., Nakamura, Y., Kidd, B., MacNeill, M., Harvey, J., Houlihan, B., Toohey, K., & Kim, K. (2010). Sport participation in Canada: Evaluating measurements and testing determinants of increased participation. Report of findings of SSHRC Standard Research Grant No: 410 2006 2405.

Nakamura, Y. (2009). Understanding the challenges of pursuing physical activity. Physical and Health Education Journal, 75, 2, 18-23

Nakamura, Y. (2005).   The samurai sword cuts both ways: A transnational analysis of Japanese and US media representations of Ichiro. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 40, 4, 467-480.

Nakamura, Y. (2002). Beyond the hijab: Female Muslims and physical activity. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, 11, 2, 21-48.



Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Yes

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes

Current Research

I study how unequal power relations, enacted through the social categories of race, gender and class, shape our lives, identities and opportunities to
participate in sport and physical activity.  In doing so, I hope to identify
strategies to resist social inequity.