Yuka Nakamura

Associate Professor

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Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Kinesiology & Health Science


PhD - 2009
University of Toronto

Selected Publications

Nakamura, Y., Shah, N., Stirpe, A., Gupta, P., & Liolios, N.  (2022).  The lived experience of rehabilitation following anterior cruciate ligament reconstructive surgery: A social ecological Analysis.  Physiotherapy Canada.  DOI:  https://doi.org/10.3138/ptc-2021-0090

Nakamura, Y.  (2019).  Playing out of Bounds: ‘Belonging’ and the North American Chinese Invitational Volleyball Tournament.  Toronto, ON:   University of Toronto Press. 

McSweeney, M., & Nakamura, Y. (2019). The “diaspora” diaspora in sport? A systematic literature review of empirical studies. International Review for the Sociology of Sport. 101269021986919. 10.1177/1012690219869191

Abdulwasi, M., Bhardwaj, M., Nakamura, Y., Zawi, M., Price, J., Harvey, P., & Banerjee, A.T.  (2018).  An Ecological Exploration of Facilitators to Participation in a Mosque-Based Physical Activity Program for South Asian Muslim Women. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 15I, 1, 671-678.  doi: 10.1123/jpah.2017-0312.

Scolnik, M., Nakamura, Y., Howard, A., Murnaghan, L., & Macpherson, A. (2018).  A qualitative analysis of the psychosocial effects of injury in female athletes. Graduate Journal of Sport, Exercise and Physical Education Research, 6, 29-43.

Nakamura, Y.  (2017).  Muslim men and their physical activity and sport experiences:  An exploratory study.  Sport in Society. 20, 9, 1-16. DOI:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17430437.2017.1346615

Nakamura, Y., & Donnelly, P.  (2017).  Interculturalism and physical cultural diversity in the Greater Toronto Area.  Journal of Social Inclusion, 5, 2, 111-119.  DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17645/si.v5i2.891

Nakamura, Y.  (2016).  Rethinking identity politics:  The multiple attachments of an ‘exclusive’ sport organization.  Sociology of Sport Journal, 33, 2, 146-155.  DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1123/ssj.2015-0062

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.

Joseph, J., Darnell, S., & Nakamura, Y (Eds.) (2012). Race and sport in Canada: Intersecting inequalities.  Toronto, ON:  Canadian 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: Not Indicated

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.