Research

me CollinsResearch Interests

Grounded in intersectionality, qualitative methods, and social justice, Kristi’s research rests at the confluence of cultural studies, social medicine (and, more broadly, medical humanities), public health, and sport. She focuses on the body, viewing them on a continuum from the hyper-ability of elite athletes to the social epidemiology of illness, disease, and cancer, while maintaining particular attention on women, race, gender performances, and LGBTQ+ issues. The broader goal of her research is to highlight inequitable cultural understandings of the body and to work collaboratively with colleagues to redress them.

Pictured: Patricia Hill Collins, one of intersectionality’s leaders, and Kristi (with Serena Williams serving in the background) at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Publications

Books

Kristi Tredway (forthcoming). Social Activism in Women’s Tennis: Generations of Politics and Cultural Change, London: Routledge; expected publication date is November 25, 2019.

Kristi Tredway (forthcoming). Intersectionality and Articulation: Epistemological Overlaps. Under contract with Lexington Books; expected delivery date of May 2020.

Refereed Journal Articles

Kristi Tredway (2019). Serena Williams and (the Perception of) Violence: Intersectionality, the Performance of Blackness, and Women’s Professional Tennis. Ethnic and Racial Studies, pre-print available online.

Kristi Tredway (2019). Rainbow Flags Over Margaret Court Arena: Commemoration vs. Grassroots LGBTQ Social Activism at the Australian Open Tennis Championships. Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture, 10(1/2), p. 71-90.

Kristi Tredway (2018). Engaging Students of Intersectionality Through Sports Media: Using Women’s Tennis to Teach the Matrix of Domination. Teaching Media Quarterly, special issue on Intersectionality and Media, 6(2), p. 1-8. [pdf]

Kristi Tredway & Rita Liberti (2018). “‘All Frocked Up in Purple’: Rosie Casals, Virginia Slims, and the Politics of Fashion at Wimbledon, 1972.” Fashion, Style & Popular Culture, 5(2); p. 235-247. [pdf]

Kristi Tredway (2016). “‘The Leaning Tower of Pizzazz’: Ted Tinling, Couturier for the Women’s Professional Tennis Revolution.” Fashion, Style & Popular Culture, 3(3), p. 295-312. [pdf]

Kristi Tredway (2014). “Judith Butler Redux — The Heterosexual Matrix and the Out Lesbian Athlete: Amélie Mauresmo, Gender Performance, and Women’s Professional Tennis.” Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 41(2), p. 163-176. [pdf]
→ Ranked #1 on the top-20 most-read articles list for the Journal of the Philosophy of Sport.

Refereed Book Chapters

Kristi Tredway (2019). “The Original 9, Women’s Lob Feminism, and the Social Movement That Launched Women’s Professional Tennis, 1968-1973.” In S. Wagg, C. Osborne, & R. Lake (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Tennis: History, Culture and Politics, London: Routledge.

Kristi Tredway (2018). “The Performance of Blackness and Femininity in Postfeminist Times: Visualizing Serena Williams Within the Context of Corporate Globalization.” In K. Toffoletti, H. Thorpe & J. Francombe-Webb (eds.), New Sporting Femininities: Embodied Politics in Postfeminist Times, London: Palgrave. [pdf]

Kristi Tredway (2018). “Judith Butler, Feminism and the Sociology of Sport.” In L. Mansfield, J. Caudwell, R. Watson & B. Wheaton (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Feminisms in Sport, Leisure and Physical Education, London: Palgrave.

Other Publications

Kristi Tredway, (2016). “Charging the Net: Social Activism in Women’s Professional Tennis.” Doctoral Dissertation, University of Maryland.

Kristi Tredway, (2001). “A Nation of the Plains: The Religious Nationalism of the Lakota, 1851-1890.” Master’s Thesis, University of Colorado.

Conference Participation

Papers Presented

“Caster’s Shorts: How Fashion Transgression Triggered Medical Intervention for an Elite Track Athlete.” Eastern Sociological Society annual conference, Baltimore, Maryland, February 2018.

“Intersectionality and Articulation: Epistemological Overlaps.” National Women’s Studies Association annual conference, Baltimore, Maryland, November 2017.

“Charging the Net: A Generational Model of Social Activism in Women’s Professional Tennis.” American Sociological Association annual conference, Montreal, Canada, August 2017.

“Intersectionality and Articulation: Overlaps and Disconnects.” Eastern Sociological Society annual conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 2017.

“‘Are There Any Questions?’: Press Conference Participation as a Qualitative Research Method in the Sociology of Sport.” North American Society for the Sociology of Sport annual conference, Santa Fé, New Mexico, November 2015.

“The Original 9, Women’s Lob Feminism, and the Social Movement That Launched Women’s Professional Tennis.” International Sociology of Sport Association World Congress of Sociology of Sport, Paris, France, June 2015.

“Women’s Lob: The Original 9 as a Feminist Social Movement in Women’s Professional Tennis.” North American Society for Sport History annual conference, Miami, Florida, May 2015.

“The Original 9: A Feminist Social Movement Through Sports Entertainment and Fashion, 1968-1973.” Subverting Academia & Subversive Academics: An Interdisciplinary Symposium, Department of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, March 2015.

“Rainbow Flags Over Margaret Court Arena: LGBT Politics vs. Christian Fundamentalism in Women’s Professional Tennis.” North American Society for the Sociology of Sport annual conference, Portland, Oregon, November 2014.

“Toward a Feminist Physical Cultural Studies: Reflections From an ‘Outsider Within.'” North American Society for the Sociology of Sport annual conference, Quebec City, Canada, November 2013.
→ Honorable Mention, 2013 NASSS Barbara Brown Student Paper Award

“Serena Williams: Gender, Race and (the Perception of) Violence in Women’s Professional Tennis.” International Sociology of Sport Association annual conference, Vancouver, Canada, June 2013.
→ Winner, 2013 ISSA Graduate Student Paper Award

“Serena Williams: Gender, Race and (the Perception of) Violence in Women’s Professional Tennis.” North American Society for the Sociology of Sport annual conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 2012.

“Out on the Court: Gender Performance, Sexuality and Women’s Professional Tennis.” North American Society for the Sociology of Sport annual conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 2011.

“The Philosopher on the Court: Judith Butler, Gender Performance, and Women’s Professional Tennis.” International Association for the Philosophy of Sport annual conference, Rochester, New York, September 2011.

“Science Among ‘Squaws’ and ‘Savages’: The Representation of American Indians in Scientific American, circa 1845-1900.” (Sections on Science and Religion), American Academy of Religion – Regional Conference, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado, April 1999.

“Science Among ‘Squaws’ and ‘Savages’: The Representation of American Indians in Scientific American, circa 1845-1900.” (Sections on Gender and Science), The New Mexico Statewide Women’s Studies Conference, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, March 1998.

“Science Among ‘Squaws’ and ‘Savages’: The Representation of American Indians in Scientific American, circa 1845-1900.” (Sections on Gender and Science), Talking Across Disciplines: A Feminist Symposium, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, March 1998.

Posters Presented

“Cultural Obstacles for Sexual and Gender Minorities Accessing Preventive Breast Cancer Screenings – Emerging Themes.” 12thAmerican Association for Cancer Research Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved, San Francisco, California, September 2019.

“Picturing Martina Navratilova: A Genealogy of Gendered Embodiment.”International Visual Sociology Association annual conference, Brooklyn, New York, July 2012.

“Picturing Martina Navratilova: A Genealogy of Gendered Embodiment.” Girls & Women in Sport/Physical Activity conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 2011.

Conference Seminars

Semester-Long Seminar Participant, “Performance Studies and Contemporary Sports.” Canadian Association for Theatre Research and the University of Victoria, British Columbia, June 2013.

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