Dr. Adams was recently appointed a Tier II Board of Governors Research Chair in the Humanities (2017-2019).
Her research interests include historical and sociological inquiry of sport, recreation and leisure. She is currently working on two major research projects. The Nikkei Memory Capture Project is a trans-national oral history collaboration (with Dr. Darren Aoki at Plymouth University, UK) exploring the stories of Japanese Canadians in southern Alberta after the Second World War. Her SSHRC (Sport Participation Research Initiative) funded project, in collaboration with Dr. Hart Cantelon, explores issues of community revitalization and rural survival in Southern Alberta through a case study of the Warner Hockey School in Warner, Alberta. Dr. Adams received a B.H.K from the University of Windsor (2001) and a Ph.D. from The University of Western Ontario (2007). She is a founding member of the Centre for Oral History and Tradition.
Dr. Adams supervises students in the Kinesiology and Cultural, Social and Political Thought MA and PhD majors and she is currently accepting graduate students.
20th century Canadian sport, oral, regional and local histories, gender, sport governance, the Modern Olympic Movement