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Mary Louise Adams

Professor, Queen's University

Professor, Kinesiology and Health Studies

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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, Mary Louise 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. Mary Louise 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.


  • 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