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Professor, Kinesiology & Physical Education; Fellow, Balsillie School of International Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University

Tim Elcombe, Ph.D, is a Professor and past Department Chair of Kinesiology & Physical Education at Wilfrid Laurier University. Broadly speaking, Dr. Elcombe’s scholarship uses a pragmatic normative lens to examine concepts and issues related to sport ethics, cultural and political aspects of sport, sport development and governance, and social impact through sport (and inquiry). His current scholarly work involves developing normative concepts and tools to better understand problems (and resolution processes) in and through sport; considers the uses of sport as a sociocultural “tool”; applies philosophical pragmatism to address ethical issues in sport; and explores how sport (kinesiology) inquiry can be turned “inside out” to enhance its sociocultural impact. Dr. Elcombe’s research has been published in a range of academic volumes, including the Journal of the Philosophy of Sport; Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, the SAIS Review of International Affairs, Journal of Canadian Studies, The Bloomsbury Companion to the Philosophy of Sport, and MacMillan’s Interdisciplinary Handbook dedicated to Sport Philosophy.


  • –present
    Chair - Kinesiology & Physical Education; Fellow - Balsillie School of International Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University


  • 2005 
    Penn State University, PhD Kinesiology (Philosophy/History)