Researcher biography

Stephen Townsend is an associate lecturer in sport sociocultural studies with the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences. Stephen joined HMNS in 2019 after completing his PhD in Sport History. His current research interrogates the ways that racial, religious, gendered, and political ideologies are transmitted through sports media. He has published widely in academic journals and books. His recent publications have examined press attitudes toward boxer Muhammad Ali during the civil rights era. His teaching and research interests span multiple spheres of sport and culture, as he seeks to critically understand the ways that people have historically constructed and transmitted meaning through sport and physical activity.