Dr. Jordan Koch

Associate Professor
Dr. Jordan Koch
Contact Information
Email address: 
jordan.koch [at] mcgill.ca
514-398-4400 Ext 09987
Alternate phone: 

Currie Gymnasium
475 Avenue des Pins Ouest
Montreal, Quebec H2W 1S4

Kinesiology & Physical Education
Diversity, Identity & Indigenous Topics
Physical Health Education & Adapted Physical Activity
Sports and Exercise Sciences
Areas of expertise: 
  • The sociology of sport
  • Cultural studies
  • Sport-for-development programming
  • Ethnographic methods
  • Critical pedagogy in physical and health education
  • Sport History
  • Indigenous Sport
  • Sport-for-Development
  • Critical Ethnography

Jordan Koch is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at McGill University. His research highlights the social dimensions of sport, physical education, and health promotion in both rural First Nations and urban Indigenous contexts. He is the Principal Investigator of Bodies of Power, Nations of Strength: Elite Athlete Development in Three First Nations Hockey Programs—a federally-funded study that considers how First Nations might leverage advanced exercise science and athlete-centered technologies on their own terms and in ways that support Indigenous governance over sport.

His research has been funded by SSHRC, CIHR, and Sport Canada, and was also recognized by the Sport Information Research Centre for the ‘Impact of Sport on the Community’ category. He is Co-Director of the emergent and CFI-funded Centre for Culturally Responsive Research in Kinesiology and Physical Education; an inaugural member of the Indigenous Hockey Research Network; and a longstanding member of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport.

  • PhD, Sport Sociology, University of Alberta
  • MSc, Sport History, University of Calgary
  • BA, Kinesiology with a concentration in history, Western University
Selected publications: 

McKegney, S., Henry, B., Koch, J., & Rathwell, M. (2021). Manufacturing compliance with anti-Indigenous racism in Canadian hockey: The case of Beardy’s Blackhawks. Canadian Ethnic Studies, 53(3), 29-50.

Scherer, J., Davidson, J., Kafara, R., & Koch, J. (2021). Negotiating the new urban sporting territory: Edmonton’s Ice District. Sociology of Sport Journal, 38(2), 111-119.

Koch, J., Scherer, J., & Kafara, R. (2020). Structural inequality, homelessness, and moral worth: Salvaging the self through sport? Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 49(6), 806-831.

Wasyliw, D., Schaefer, L., & Koch, J., Tekwatoni-McGregor, A., Deering, P.M. (2020). “The only thing Mohawk in the classroom was the students:” A narrative inquiry into physical health education teacher education in Canada. Thresholds in Education, 43(1), 51-65.

Koch, J., Scherer, J., & Holt, N. (2018). Slap shot! Sport, masculinities, and homelessness in the downtown core of a divided western Canadian inner city. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 42(4), 270-294.

Koch, J., & Scherer, J. (2016). Redd alert! (Re)Articulating Aboriginal gang violence in western Canada. Aboriginal Policy Studies, 6(1), 34-62.

Scherer, J., Koch, J., & Holt, N. (2016). The uses of an inner-city sport-for-development program: Dispatches from the (real) creative class. Sociology of Sport Journal, 33(3), 185-198.

Holt, N., Scherer, J., & Koch, J. (2015). Using masculine capital to understand the role of sport programs in the lives of men from a Western Canadian inner city. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 37, 523-533.

Koch, J., Scherer, J., & Holt, N. (2015). Urban outcasts, disposable bodies, and embodied research in a Western Canadian ‘arriviste’ city. Cultural Studies « Critical Methodologies, 15(1), 32-44.

Holt, N., Scherer, J., & Koch, J. (2013). An ethnographic study of issues surrounding the provision of sport opportunities to young men from a western Canadian inner-city. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 14, 538-548.

  • M.A. Physical and Health Education, Sport Sociology & Cultural Studies
  • Ph.D. in Kinesiology Sciences (Physical and Health Education, Sport Sociology & Cultural Studies)
Graduate supervision: 

Accepting Masters and Ph.D. students for 2024-25

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