School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Samantha King

Dr. Samantha King has been appointed as Acting Director for the period July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014.

Dr. King received an undergradute degree in Sport and Exercise Science and Sociology from the University of Birmingham, England (B.Soc.Sci [Hons]) in 1991 and a master’s degree in Physical and Health Education from Queen’s University in 1993. She completed a doctorate in Kinesiology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 2000.

After three years as an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona, Dr. King returned to Kingston to accept a position in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies. Cross-appointed to the Department of Gender Studies and the Cultural Studies Program, her teaching and research focus on critical, interdisciplinary studies of the body, health, and sport. 

Dr. King’s work on topics ranging from militarism in professional sport to philanthrocapitalism and global health has been published in a variety of journals and edited collections.  Her award-winning book, Pink Ribbons Inc: Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy (Minnesota, 2003), is the subject of a National Film Board documentary that opened to international acclaim in 2011. She is currently pursuing a CIHR-funded project on the multiple materialities of prescription painkillers in Canada, with assistance from the seven graduate students that she supervises at this time.

At Queen’s, Dr. King has served as the Graduate Coordinator and Associate Director in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies (2010-13), the Chair of QUFA Council (2008-10), and Associate Chair (2012) and Acting Chair (2013) of the Arts Graduate Council. She also sat on the Board of Directors of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport from 2003-06 and from 2009-11. Her work in the Kingston community includes a period as President of the Board of Directors of reelout queer film + video festival.