Meet Our New Faculty: Assistant Professor Tracie Canada

Tracie Canada

Assistant Professor Tracie Canada (Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2020) is a cultural anthropologist with research and teaching interests in race, sport, kinship, and the performing body.

Her dissertation and in-progress book manuscript, Tackling the Everyday: Race, Family, and Nation in Big-Time College Football, describes and theorizes the lived experiences of Black college football players. She moves off the gridiron into the daily lives of the young Black athletes who sustain this American sport. Informed by ethnographic research at universities in the southeastern United States, her work details how institutional systems and everyday spaces order, discipline, and enact violence against Black players, while also showing how these players push back and move through everyday lives by reimagining notions of belonging and kinship, also relying on a range of geographies of care. 

Dr. Canada will teach a Sports and Society seminar in the Fall, and an Embodied Blackness class in the Spring.