Dr. Craig Greenham

Assistant Professor

Craig Greenham
Phone- 519.253.3000 (ext. 4270)
Office- H.K. Building, room 120

Sport Management


Ph.D. (The University of Western Ontario)
Master of Arts (University of Regina)
Bachelor of Journalism (Carleton University)


Dr. Greenham joined the Department of Kinesiology from the University of Calgary in 2014. 

Sport was not only a childhood passion but also a professional calling for Dr. Greenham.  Before joining the academic ranks, he was a sports journalist.  While covering sports, Dr. Greenham’s interest in the history that shaped and provided meaning to current events as well as the underlying sociocultural layers of athletics prompted a shift in career toward deeper scholarly inquiry. The primary focus of Dr. Greenham’s research is North American professional sports – particularly baseball, hockey and Canadian football.

Areas of Research Interest

Sport History; Sport Journalism; Professional Sports

Current Funding

Craig Greenham and Todd Loughead, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant (2020-2022) – The Broncos: A Social Support Approach to Team Tragedy

Courses Taught

History of Sport in Canada; Hockey in Canada; Sport Media; Newsroom; Sport in America

Selected Scholarly Activities


Greenham, Craig.  “Rose-Colored Glasses: Competing Media Perceptions of the Pete Rose Betting Scandal.” Sport History Review (forthcoming).

Andrews, Ben and Craig Greenham.  “National Responsibility: A History of Willful Nostalgia in the Canadian Football League.” Journal of Sport History (forthcoming).

Santarossa, Sara, Paige Coyne, Craig Greenham, Marica Milne and Sarah Woodruff.  “ESPN’s #BodyIssue on Instagram: The Self-Representation of Women Athletics and Feedback from Their Audience of Women.”  Journal of Student Research 8, No.2 (2019): 30-40.  https://www.jofsr.org/index.php/path/article/view/818.

Santarossa, Sara, Paige Coyne, Sarah Woodruff and Craig Greenham. “#BodyIssue and Instagram: A Gender Disparity in Conversation, Coverage, and Content in ESPN The Magazine.” International Journal of Sport Communication 12, No. 3 (2019): 336-353.

Greenham, Craig.  “Super Bore: The Canadian Media and the Grey Cup-Super Bowl Comparison.”  In “The Super Bowl in National and Global Imaginations,” edited by Mark Dyreson and Peter Hopsicker.  Special issue, International Journal of the History of Sport 34, No.1 (2017): 65-80. *Finalist for best article in the International Journal of the History of Sport for 2017.

Greenham, Craig. “Snowed: How MLB and the MLBPA Mishandled the Cocaine Problem of the 1980s.” Sport History Review 47, No.1 (2016): 69-89.

Greenham, Craig. “Centre of Conflict: Mistrust and Turmoil in Creating the Diefenbaker Canada Centre.”  Saskatchewan History 67, No.1 (2015): 28-35, 47-48.

Greenham, Craig. “On the Battlefront: Canadian Soldiers, an Imperial War, and America’s National Pastime.” American Review of Canadian Studies 42, No.1 (2012): 34-50.

Greenham, Craig.  “The Press of the Plebiscite: Canadian Prairie Newspapers and the Conscription Debate of 1942.” Saskatchewan History 60, No.1 (2008): 3-16.

Greenham, Craig. “American Inspiration: The Unlikely Origins of the Diefenbaker Centre.”  American Review of Canadian Studies 36, No.4 (2006): 596-611.

Widdis, Randy, Lisa Dale-Burnett and Craig Greenham. “Looking Back at Social Cohesion.”  Prairie Forum 30, No.3 (2005): 253-288.

Book Chapters/Sections:

Greenham, Craig.  “The Minor Leagues and a Major Conflict: Canadian Professional Baseball and the Great War.”  In Base Ball: New Research on the Early Game, edited by Donald Jensen (pages TBD).  Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2020.

Greenham, Craig.  “Canadian Sport and International Affairs.”  In The Palgrave Handbook in Canada in International Affairs, edited by Robert Murray and Paul Gecelovsky (pages TBD).  Toronto: Palgrave, 2020.

Greenham, Craig.  “Ideological Struggles and the Emergence of Organized Sport in Early Canada: Case Studies of Cricket, Lacrosse and Baseball.”  In Sport and Recreation in Canadian History, edited by Carly Adams (pages TBD).  Windsor, ON: Human Kinetics Publishers, 2020.

Greenham, Craig. “Canadian Football.”  In Touchdown: An American Obsession, edited by Gerald Gems and Gertrud Pfister, 237-252. Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing, 2019. *Finalist for the North American Society for Sport History anthologies prize for 2020

Greenham, Craig. “‘Super Bore’: The Canadian Media and the Grey Cup-Super Bowl Comparison.”  In A Half Century of Super Bowls: National and Global Perspectives on America’s Grandest Spectacle, edited by Mark Dyreson and Peter Hopsicker, 65-80.  London: Routledge, 2018.

Greenham, Craig. “The World’s Game: Globalization and Baseball.”  In American History through American Sports: From Colonial Lacrosse to Extreme Sports, Vol.3, edited by Danielle Coombs and Bob Batchelor, 103-114.  Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2013.

Dr. Greenham has reviewed books for the Journal of Sport History, Sport History Review, American Review of Canadian Studies, Journal of the West, International Journal of Sport Communication, Canadian Journal of History and Sociology of Sport Journal.  He’s also active with the Society for American Baseball Research, the North American Society for Sport History and the Canadian Historical Association.

Recent News Contributions

Andrews, Ben and Craig Greenham.  “Can Nostalgia Save the CFL?” Hamilton Spectator, May 20, 2020. https://www.thespec.com/opinion/contributors/2020/05/20/can-nostalgia-save-the-cfl.html

Little, Becky, "The Terrorist Attack That Failed to Derail the 1988 Seoul Olympics," History Channel. February 9, 2018.- https://www.history.com/news/1988-seoul-olympics-north-korea-terrorist-attack

Little, Becky, "The Weirdest Winter Olympic Events We No Longer Play," National Geographic. February 8, 2018-  https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2018/02/winter-olympic-games-unusual-sports-history-skiing/

Current Graduate Students

Erin Tanner, thesis
Diogo Peixoto, internship
Shaun Smith, thesis
Kofi Addo, internship

Dr. Greenham is accepting graduate students, particularly (but not solely) those interested in the thesis pathway that have a sociocultural/historical emphasis.