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Norman Mark, Postdoctoral Fellow

Mark Norman

Postdoctoral Fellow

Postdoctoral Fellows
Department of Health Aging & Society

Area(s) of Interest:


Research Areas of Interest

  • Sport, physical culture, and health in prisons
  • Sociology of sport
  • Animal-assisted interventions
  • Alternative criminal rehabilitation


  • PhD, University of Toronto
  • MA, Simon Fraser University
  • BA, University of Toronto


  • Leisure and Recreation in Later Life (Health, Aging & Society, McMaster University)
  • Sociology of Sport (Sociology, Ryerson University)
  • Hockey in Canadian Society (Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto)


Select publications:

Norman, M. (2018). Physical Activity in Prisons. J. Piggin, L. Mansfield, & M. Weed (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Physical Activity Policy and Practice. Routledge.

Norman, M. (2018). Researching Sport in a ‘Total Institution’: Reflections on Research Barriers and Methodological Adaptations in a Study of Prison Physical Culture. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 1(1), 17-31.

Norman, M. (2017). Sport in the Underlife of a Total Institution: Social Control and Resistance in Canadian Prisons. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 52(5), 598–614.

Norman, M. (2015). Prison Yoga as a Correctional Alternative? Physical Culture, Rehabilitation, and Social Control in Canadian Prisons. In W. Crichlow and J. Joseph (Eds.), Alternative Offender Rehabilitation and Social Justice: Arts and Physical Engagement in Criminal Justice and Community Settings (pp. 78-98). New York: Palgrave.

Grants and Awards:

SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant (2017; co-investigator)
D-Bronx: An Academic-Community Partnership to Investigate the Impact of a Dog Handling Program for Incarcerated Youth

SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2017-19)

International Sociology of Sport Association Graduate Student Paper Award (2015)