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Braeden McKenzie

PhD Candidate; Reseach Assistant @ the IDEAS lab; Sessional Instructor, University of Toronto

Braeden McKenzie is a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto working in the Department of Kinesiology and a Research Assistant in the Indigeneity, Diaspora, Equity and Anti-racism in Sport (IDEAS) Research Lab. His current research focuses on theorizing and conceptualizing the concept of risk and exploring its various contexts and meanings across physical cultures. Beyond his research responsibilities, Braeden has also served as a Course Instructor in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Toronto and the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus.


  • 2021–present
    Research assistant, IDEAS Lab


  • 2019 
    University of Toronto, MSc in Kinesiology
  • 2016 
    University of Alberta, BA in Kinesiology and Physical Education


  • 2022
    From Mr. Hockey to “The White Way”: Masculinity, “colour-bland” racism, and the policing of Blackness in the NHL, In D. Silva & L. Kennedy (eds.) Sports, Power, and Crime: Towards a Critical Criminology of Sport (In Press)
  • 2021
    “Don’t mess around with Gordie”: Hockey violence, the 1959 Gordie Howe-Lou Fontinato fight, and postwar masculinity, Canadian Historical Review
  • 2020
    Under-reporting of sport- related concussions by adolescent athletes: A systematic review, International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology

Grants and Contracts

  • 2020
    SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 2020
    Sport Research Participation Initiative
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Sport Canada

Professional Memberships

  • North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS)