Dr. Samantha King


Dr. Samantha King

Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Health Studies
Cross appointed to the Department of Gender Studies and the Cultural Studies Program


I came back to Queen’s, where I had completed my master’s degree in 1993, after a decade in the U.S., first at the University of Illinois where I did my doctoral work, and then at the University of Arizona where I held my first academic job. Since enrolling for an undergraduate program at the University of Birmingham, England, in 1988, I have been interested in the embodied dimensions of contemporary consumer culture. Recently, my research has focused on three main subjects: i) the breast cancer fundraising industry, ii) prescription painkilling, and iii) sport, racialized sexuality, and the state. These interests are collectively motivated by my commitment to understanding and undoing social injustices related to the body, health and physical culture. To that end, I produce work designed to engage a variety of audiences—scholarly, mass media, and community—who share or might be persuaded to share, this commitment.

I was given the opportunity to present my research to a wider public when my book, Pink Ribbons, Inc: Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy became the subject of an NFB documentary by the same name. That experience has convinced me to commit to producing work that is translatable to the non-academic realm. To that end, I am currently working on a CIHR-funded project on OxyContin, which seeks to complicate dominant medical and legal frameworks for understanding the widespread use of this drug in ways that are helpful for drug users and their advocates. I also continue to pursue my interest in sport, most recently in the form of a series of essays on the use of prescription painkillers in professional football.

When I am not working, I like to be in the kitchen or on the beach with my partner, my dog, and my friends. My dream is to write socially conscious mystery novels in my retirement, ideally from the window seat of a sunny tearoom selling excellent cakes.




Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario

Professor, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, 2014-

Acting Director, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, 2013-14

Associate Professor, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, 2006-present

Graduate Coordinator and Associate Director, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, 2010-13

Cross-appointed to the Cultural Studies Program, 2009-present

Cross-appointed to the Department of Gender Studies, 2005-present

Assistant Professor, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, 2003-06

University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

Assistant Professor, College of Education, 2000-03

Cross-appointed to the Department of Women’s Studies, 2000-03

Member, Committee on LGBT Studies, 2000-03


Beatrice M. Bain Center for Research on Gender and Women, University of California, Berkeley, 2008


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) (Kinesiology; Minor in Women’s Studies; Graduate Certificate in Criticism and Interpretive Theory), 2000

M.A., Queen’s University (Sociology of Sport), 1993

B.Soc.Sci (Jt. Hons.), University of Birmingham, U.K. (Sociology and Sport Studies), 1991


* cultural studies * health studies * media studies * sport studies * body studies * feminist, queer, and race theory

* social movements * the politics of breast cancer * painkilling in contemporary culture

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Canadian Institutes of Health Research: Painkiller Addiction and Moral Panic: A Discursive Analysis of a Contemporary “Epidemic,” 2010-2013, Principle Investigator, $150,589.



Sociology of Sport Journal Outstanding Article Award, North American for the Sociology of Sport, 2009 for “What’s Queer About (Queer) Sport Sociology Now?” 25, 419-442, 2008.

Honorable Mention, Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Book Prize, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action for Pink Ribbons, Inc: Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy, 2007.

Chancellor’s Research Award ($60,000), Queen’s University: Sport Culture and the Neoliberal State, 2007-2012.

Principal’s Development Fund (B) & Advisory Research Committee Award, Queen’s University, 2004-05, 2006-07.

Dean’s Office Award, College of Education, University of Arizona, 2002.

Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Graduate College, UIUC, 1999.

Laura J. Huestler Scholarship, Department of Kinesiology, UIUC, 1999.

Marianne Ferber Feminist Scholarship Award (most outstanding research proposal), UIUC, 1999.

Feminist Scholarship Award, Women’s Studies Program, UIUC, 1995.

Barbara Brown Outstanding Student Paper Award, North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, 1992.

R.S. McLaughlin Fellowship, Queen's University, 1991.

Dean’s Award, Queen's University, 1991, 1992.


Health Studies DSC, Excellence in Teaching Award, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen’s University, 2013.


Graduate Support Award, Society for Graduate and Professional Students, Queen’s University, 2011.


Convocation Speaker, College of Education, University of Arizona, 2003.

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King, S. (2006). Pink Ribbons, Inc: Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.


King, S. & McDonald, M. (2007). (Post)identity and sporting cultures. Sociology of Sport Journal, 24(1), 2007.


King, S. (2014). Oxy in Ontario: The multiple materialities of prescription drugs. International Journal of Drug Policy, 25, 486-493.

King, S. (2014). Beyond the war on drugs? Prescription opioids and the NFL. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 38, 184-193.

King, S., Carey, R.S., Jinnah, N., Millington, R., Phillipson, A., Prouse, C., and Ventresca, M. (2014). When is a drug not a drug? Brett Favre, prescription painkillers, and the National Football League. Sociology of Sport Journal, 31, 249-266.

King, S. (2013) Philanthrocapitalism and the healthification of everything. International Political Sociology, 1, 96-98.

Yoon, L. and King, S. (2012). “Dae-han-min-guk”: The “Red Devils,” Korean identity, and the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Asian Journal of Exercise and Sports Science, 9, 13-35.

King, S. and McDonald, M.G. (2012). A different contender? Barack Obama, the 2008 presidential campaign and the racial politics of sport. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 35, 6.

King, S. (2010). Pink diplomacy: On the uses and abuses of breast cancer awareness. Health Communication, 25, 286-289.

King, S. (2009). Homonormativity and the politics of race: Reading Sheryl Swoopes. Journal of Lesbian Studies, 13, 279-290.

King, S. (2009). Sociocultural sport studies and the scientific paradigm: A response to John Smith. Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, 2, 101-106.

King, S. (2009). Virtually normal: Mark Bingham, the war on terror, and the sexual politics of sport. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 33, 5-24.

King, S. (2008). What’s queer about (queer) sport sociology now? A review essay. Sociology of Sport Journal, 25, 419-442.

King, S. (2008). Offensive lines: Sport-state synergy in an era of perpetual war. Cultural Studies ~ Critical Methodologies, 8, 527-539.

King, S. (2007). Designer babies, stem cells, and the market for genetics: The limits of the Assisted Human Reproduction Act. Canadian Journal of Communication, 32, 613-620.

King, S. & McDonald, M. (2007). (Post)identity and sporting cultures: An introduction and overview. Sociology of Sport Journal, 24, 1-19.

King, S. (2004). Pink ribbons, inc: Breast cancer activism and the politics of philanthropy. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Special Issue on Breast Cancer, 17(4), 473-492.

King, S. (2001). An all-consuming cause: Breast cancer, corporate philanthropy, and the market for generosity. Social Text, 69, 115-143.

King, S. (2001). Marketing generosity: Avon’s women’s health programs and new trends in global community relations. International Journal of Sport Marketing and Promotion, September/October, 267-289.

King, S. (2000). Consuming compassion: AIDS, figure skating, and Canadian identity. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 24(2), 148-175.

King, S. (1993). The politics of the body and the body politic: Magic Johnson and the ideology of AIDS. Sociology of Sport Journal, 10(3), 270-285.


Accepted/In Press

King, S. (In press). Poststructuralism and the sociology of sport. In R. Giulianotti (Ed). Routledge Handbook of the Sociology of Sport.

King, S. (In press). Doing good by running well: Breast cancer, the Race for the Cure, and new technologies of ethical citizenship. In M. Silk and D. L. Andrews (Eds.), Physical Cultural Studies. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

In Print

King, S. (2013). Buckets for the cure: Do the benefits of cause related marketing outweigh the costs? In J. Greenberg and C. Elliott (Eds.), Communication in Question: Competing perspectives in controversial issues in Communication Studies. Scarborough, ON: Nelson Publishing.

King, S. (2012). Nike U: Full-program athletic contracts and the corporate university. In D. Andrews and M. Silk (Eds.), Sport and neoliberalism. Temple University Press.

King, S. (2012). Civic fitness: The body politics of commodity activism. In S. Banet-Weiser, & R. Mukherjee (Eds.), Commodity activism (pp. 199-218). New York University Press.

King, S. (2011). Pink ribbons go corporate. In P. Donnelly (Ed.), Taking sport seriously: Social issues in Canadian sport. Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing. (Part reprint/part new text).

King, S. (2011). Contesting the closet: Sheryl Swoopes, racialized sexuality, and media culture. In D. J. Leonard and C. Richard King (Eds.), Commodified and criminalized: New racism and African Americans in contemporary sports (pp. 203-222). Plymouth UK: Rowman & Littlefield.

King, S. (2010). Pink ribbons, inc: The emergence of cause-related marketing and the corporatization of the breast cancer management. In P. Saukko (Ed.), Governing the female body: Science, media, and the production of femininity (pp.85-111). New York: SUNY Press.

King, S. (2005). How to be good: The NFL, corporate philanthropy, and the racialization of generosity. In C. McCarthy, W. Crichlow, G. Dimitriadis, & N. Dolby (Eds.), Race, identity, and representation in education, Volume 2 (pp. 273-287). New York: Routledge Falmer.

King, S. (2005). Methodological contingencies in contextual sport studies. In D. Andrews, D. Mason, & M. Silk (Eds.), Qualitative research methods in sport studies. New York: Sage.

King, S. (2005). Marketing generosity: The Avon WorldWide Fund for Women’s Health and the reinvention of global corporate citizenship. In M. Silk, D. L. Andrews, and C. L. Cole (Eds.), Sport and Corporate Nationalisms (pp. 83-108). New York: Berg.

Kings, S. (2004). Sports ‘r us: All-school contracts, trademarks and logos. In S. Slaughter and G. Rhoades (Eds.), Academic capitalism and the new economy: Markets, state and higher education (pp. 256-278). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University.

King, S. (2003). Doing good by running well: Breast cancer, the Race for the Cure, and new technologies of ethical citizenship. In J. Bratich, J. Packer, & C. McCarthy, (Eds.), Foucault, Cultural Studies, and Governmentality (pp. 295-316). London: SUNY Press.

Cole, C. L. & King, S. (2002). The new politics of urban consumption: Hoop Dreams, Clockers, and “America.” In R. Wilcox, D. Andrews, & R. Pitter (Eds.), Sporting Dystopias: The Making and Meanings of Urban Sport Cultures (pp. 221-246). SUNY Press. (Joint first authorship).

Cole, C. L. & King, S. (2000). Documenting America: Race, realism, and Hoop Dreams. In P. Kivisto & G. Rundblad (Eds.), Multiculturalism in the United States: Current Issues, Contemporary Voices (pp. 229-243). Thousand Oaks: Pine Forge Press. (Joint first authorship).

Cole, C. L. & King, S. (1999). Documenting America: Ethnographies of inner city basketball and logics of capitalism. In R. Sands (Ed.), Anthropology, Sport, and Culture (pp. 147-171). Westport, CN: Bergin & Garvey. (Joint first authorship).

Cole, C. L. & King, S. (1998). Representing black masculinity and urban possibilities: Racism, realism, and Hoop Dreams (co-authored with C. L. Cole). In G. Rail (Ed.), Sport and Postmodern Times (pp. 49-86). Albany, New York: SUNY Press. (Joint first authorship).


King, S. (2013, September). The Quaz Q&A: Samantha King. www.jeffpearlman.com.

King, S. (2013, July). Cancer Knowledge Network. http://cancerkn.com/tag/samantha-king/.

King, S. (2012, October 10). Interview with Samantha King. Breast Cancer Consortium. www.breastcancerconsortium.net.

King, S. (2012). A teaching moment about politics and Komen. CNN. http://articles.cnn.com/2012-02-07/opinion/opinion_king-komen_1_susan-g-komen-nancy-brinker-cure-foundation?_s=PM:OPINION.

King, S. (2010, Fall). Pink cigarettes for the cure? Breast Cancer Action Montreal Bulletin, 18, 3. www.bcam.qc.ca.

Kings, S. (2010). What’s next? Pink cigarettes for the cure? Blog entry for University of Minnesota Press. http://www.uminnpressblog.com/2010/10/whats-next-pink-cigarettes-for-cure.html. (Revised version of BCAM Bulletin article).

King, S. (2007, November 3). Sugar coated disease. The National Post, p. WP6.

King, S. (2006, October 26). How corporations, charities can curb cancer. Chronicle of Philanthropy, 19(2), p.73.

King, S. (2006, October 6). Are we getting pinkwashed? Commercialization of breast cancer cause has overshadowed the search for a cure, author argues. Toronto Star, p. E1.

King, S. (2004, October 23). Pink Ribbon Inc. Kingston Whig-Standard, p.7.


King, S. (2011). Barbara L. Ley, From pink to green: Disease prevention and the environmental breast cancer movement, Rutgers University Press, 2009. Health, 15, 2, 206-207.

Kings, S. (2009). Caudwell, J. (Ed.). Sport, sexualities, and queer/theory. London: Routledge. Leisure Studies, 28, 113-114.

Kings, S. (2008). Aronowitz, R. Unnatural History: Breast Cancer and American Society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Journal of American History, 95, 533.

King, S (2007). Reuter, S. Z. Narrating Social Order: Agoraphobia and the Politics of Classification. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Canadian Journal of Sociology, http://www.cjsonline.ca/current.html.

King, S. (2006). Abdel-Shehid, G. Who Da Man? Black Masculinities and Sporting Cultures. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press. New Dawn: Journal of Black Canadian Studies, 1(1).

King, S. (2006). Hong, F. & Mangan J. (Eds). Women, Soccer, Sexual Liberation: Kicking Off a New Era. London: Frank Cass. Journal of Gender Studies, 15(2):200-01.


King, S. (in press). Offensive lines: Sport-state synergy in an era of perpetual war The NFL: Critical/Cultural Perspectives. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

King, S. (in press). Designer babies, stem cells, and the market for genetics: The limits of the Assisted Human Reproduction Act. In GLOBAL VIEWPOINTS: Genetic Engineering. Gale.

King, S. (2005). Pink Ribbon Inc: Do some firms exploit breast cancer and our goodwill to boost their bottom lines? Reprinted from the Kingston Whig-Standard in R. Beamish & A, Burfoot (Eds.), Social Dynamics; Social Relations; Social Change Vol. I, Pearson Custom Publishing.

King, S. (2001). The politics of the body and the body politic: Magic Johnson and the ideology of AIDS. Republished in A. Yiannikis & M. Melnick (Eds.), Contemporary Issues in the Sociology of Sport. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics Press.


King, S. (2003). “Physical Education.” In M. Stein et al (Eds.), Encyclopedia Of Lesbian Gay Bisexual And Transgendered History In America (pp. 380-382). New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons.

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