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Canadian Museum of History
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Canadian sport history; women's sport; fat activism; history of obesity; history of physical fitness in Canada; Terry Fox; hockey; sport in advertising.
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About Me

Jenny Ellison’s work examines the representation and experience of sport, leisure, physical fitness and health in Canada.  Dr. Ellison holds an Honours BA in History from the University of Toronto, an MA in Canadian Studies from Carleton University and a PhD in History from York University. She completed her postdoctoral training at Mount Allison University’s Centre for Canadian Studies, and has worked as an assistant professor of Canadian Studies at Trent University and as a researcher at the Australian Museum.

Recent Publications


Jenny Ellison and Jennifer Anderson, editors. Hockey: Challenging Canada’s Game/Au-delà du sport national. University of Ottawa Press, 2018.

Jenny Ellison, Deborah McPhail and Wendy Mitchinson, editors. Obesity in Canada: Critical Perspectives. University of Toronto Press, 2016.


“‘A Unifying Influence on Our Nation’: Making and Remaking the Meaning of Terry Fox.” Journal of Canadian Studies, 49, no. 3 (Fall 2015), 170-190.

“Weighing In: The ‘Evidence of Experience’ and Canadian Fat Women’s Activism.” The Canadian Bulletin of Medical History. 30, no. 1 (Spring 2013), 55-75.

“Let Me Hear Your Body Talk: Aerobics for Fat Women Only, 1981-1985.” In Gender, Health and Popular Culture: Historical Perspectives. Ed. Cheryl Krasnick Warsh, 205-226. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2011.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
North America
Expertise by Chronology
20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Disability, Material Culture, Museums, Sports, Women