Campus Directory: Dayna Daniels

University of Lethbridge

Dayna Daniels


B.Sc. (Physical Education, Health, Recreation); M.Sc. (Kinesiology/Biomechanics); Ph.D. (Biomechanics)


Gender and equity issues in sport, Feminist analyses of women and girls and their physical activity involvement, particularly in the areas of femininity and sexuality

Previous Research Areas

Misogyny in sport related Hollywood motion pictures, The dilemma of femininity and the female athlete, Country clubs (encyclopedia entry), Lesbians in sport (encyclopedia entry), Gays and lesbians in Canadian sport, The body as a canvass tattooing and piercing among Canadian women athletes

Selected Publications

Research Interests

Dr. Daniels' began her research career in the biomechanics of sport. She shifted to more sociological aspects of sport and physical activity as the gender imbalances between females and males in the sporting world became more obvious and troubling. She was a founding mother and the first coordinator of Women's Studies at the University of Lethbridge. Currently she heads the Women's Studies Program and is co-chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education. Dr. Daniels' continues to have a keen interest in gender and equity issues in sport. Her recently published book, Polygendered and ponytailed: The dilemma of femininity and the female athlete was published in 2009 by CSPI/Women's Press.

Current Research and Creative Activity

TitleLocationGrant InformationPrincipal InvestigatorCo Researchers
Book chapter on religion and spirituality in the LBGT communities
Book manuscript (submitted) on the dilemma of femininity and the female athlete
Gender/race discrimination on public/private golf courses

Previous Research

TitleGrant AgencyCompletion Date
1001 men who have sex with men: Negotiating risky sexual practices. Alberta Community Council on HIV 2004

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