Mary Louise Adams

Professor, Queen's University

Professor, Kinesiology and Health Studies


The frozen closet

Newsweek, January 30, 2014Print


Comment on politics of gender and sexuality in figure skating, related to Sochi Olympics.

Green light for golf course group

Kingston Whig Standard, February 5, 2014Print


Comment on future of local golf course and surrounding greenspace.

Gay abandon required in frozen closet of male ice skating

Irish Examiner, February 8, 2014Print


Comment on masculinity and homophobia in figure skating, related to Sochi Olympics.

City recommends course of action for Belle Park

Kingston Whig Standard, December 18, 2016Print


Comment on future of local golf course and recreational amenities for seniors.

Why is the world's gayest sport stuck in the closet?

Buzzfeed, January 31, 2014Online


Comment on politics of gender and sexuality in figure skating, related to Sochi Olympics.

The ice-skating dandies of 18th-century Paris

Is it sexist to drool over male Olympians?

AJ+ (Al Jazeera +), August 11, 2016Online


Comment on coverage of male athletes at Rio Olympics.


Mary Louise Adams is a Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies and the Department of Sociology at Queen’s University, where she teaches courses on sport and culture, the sociology of fitness and the body, and contemporary issues in sexuality. With a background in gender studies and sexuality studies, Adams writes about feminism, gender and LGBTQ issues in sport. She is currently working on a project that looks at the implications – for girls’ lives – of the tremendous expansion of women’s sporting opportunities over the past few decades. Adams is also interested in cultural aspects of fitness and has done both historical and sociological research on walking. She is currently investigating the way digital fitness tracking technologies, like fitbits, are changing the way people understand movement and physical activity.


Women’s and Gender Studies Association Outstanding Scholarship Prize | Professional

For the book Artistic Impressions

Taylor & Francis Sport in History Journal Prize 2010 | Professional

Awarded annually to the best article in the journal of the British Society for Sport History - for "From mixed-sex sport to sport for girls"

Physical and Health Education & Kinesiology Students’ Association, Excellence in Teaching Award, Queen’s University | Professional

Award for undergraduate teaching

North American Society for Sport History Book Award | Professional

For the book Artistic Impressions


  • Walking - history and sociology
  • Sport history
  • Sport sociology
  • Sexuality and sport
  • Sexuality Studies
  • LGBTQ History
  • Gender in sport
  • Fitness cultures


  • University of Toronto
    Sociology of Education
    PhD, 1994
  • University of Kent at Canterbury
    Women's Studies
    MA, 1988
  • Trent University
    Anthropology/Environmental Studies
    BA, 1983

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