Annette Hofmann, Germany (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

PhD (2000) on "German Turnen in the United States".
M.A. degree in American Studies and Sport Sciences at the University of Tübingen, Germany.
1999-2005 Assistant Professor at the Department of Sport Science of the University of Münster, Germany.
Since 2006 Professor for Sport Pedagogy at the Ludwigsburg University of Education in Germany.

ISHPES and CESH Young Scholar Awards, and Fellow of CESH.
Vice President of the German Gymnastic Federation (Deutsche Turner-Bund).
Academic Editor (Europe) of the International Journal of the History of Sport (IJSH)
Book Review Editor of the Journal of Sport History (JSH)

Main areas of research: Integration in sports, ethnicity and sports, American sports, sport and the ill body, gender studies and various aspects of skiing.


Vice Presidents

Gigliola Gori, Italy

Doctoral degree on "Italian Women and Sport in the Fascist Era" at the University of Göttingen, Germany.
Degree at the National Academy of Dance in Rome, MA degree in Physical Education and Sport, and MA degree in Sociology, at the University of Urbino, Italy.
Professor for the History of P.E. and Sport, the History of the Body, and the History of Pedagogy, in the Faculty of Sport Sciences at the University of Urbino.
Co-founder and fellow of CESH.
Areas of research: Etruscan sports; dances and games of the Middle Ages; Italian women's sport in the 19th century; Futurism and sport, Fascism and sport. Recently work includes the history of sport focusing on medicine, literature, and gender matters.

Gerald Gems, United States

Gerald R. Gems is a full professor in the Health and Physical Education Department at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois in the USA, where he teaches classes in sport history, sport sociology, and pedagogy. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Maryland in 1989. He is a past president of the North American Society for Sport History (2003-2005). He was awarded a Fulbright Scholar designation by the US government (Denmark and Sweden, 2011-2012), and his international presentations have been delivered in 29 countries. He is the author of 11 books, and serves on the editorial boards of three international journals, as well as the book review editor for the Journal of Sport History. His research interests include race, religion, ethnicity, and social class.

Maureen Smith, United States

Maureen Smith is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science at California State University Sacramento. She has been a member of ISHPES for ten years and served on the ISHPES council for several years before being elected as one of the vice presidents. Smith is a past president of the North American Society for Sport History, and is also an active member in the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport and Western Society for the Physical Education of College Women. Her work has been published in the Journal of Sport History, the International Journal of the History of Sport, and the Journal of Sport and Social Issues, as well as a number of edited collections. Smith’s interests are varied, ranging from gender participation in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, racial issues in post-World War II America, sporting statues, as well as media and sport.


General Secretary

Sandra Heck, Germany

PhD (2012) in Sport Science, Ruhr-University Bochum/Germany
Monograph on the genesis of the modern pentathlon in 2013; co-editor of a special issue of International Journal of the History of Sport on “Sport and Urban Space in Europe” in 2012; published articles in Journal of Sport History, International Journal of the History of Sport, Stadion, and Olympika.
Dr. Klaus Marquardt-Prize 2013 (for doctoral dissertations), Bochum
ISHPES Junior Scholar Award 2009, Stirling/Scotland
Received grants from: Ruhr-University Bochum, VG Wort , Académie Nationale Olympique Francaise, Deutscher Akademischer Auslandsdienst, International Olympic Academy
Main areas of research: sport and military history, environmental sustainability, mega-events, German-French sport relations


Conference Advisor

Gertrud Pfister, Denmark

Gertrud Pfister has gained a PhD in history and sociology. From 1980 to 2000, she worked as a professor at the Freie Universität Berlin. Currently she is professor at the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
From 1983 to 2001 Gertrud Pfister was President of the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport, from 2004 to 2008 President of the International Sport Sociology Association. Gertrud Pfister served as a guest professor at several foreign universities, and was invited as a keynote speaker to more than 30 international congresses. She is member of the editorial boards of 15 scientific journals and she served in several committees which evaluated sport faculties and departments.
Pfister won several awards for her scholarly work, among others, the Award of the International Society for Sport History and the Howell, the Howell Distinguished Lecturer Award of the North American Society for Sport History and the inaugural European Women and Sport Award (for research and leadership in the area of women's sport). In 2007, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at the Semmelweis University, Budapest.
The main topics of her research are sport history and sport sociology with a special focus on social class, gender and ethnicity, socialization, and international comparisons.


Early Career Scholar Coordinator

Marit Nybelius, Sweden

PhD student at Malmo University in Sport Studies

2000-2012 Lecturer in Media and Communication Studies at Dalarna University
2003-2011 Program of Director Media and Communication Studies at Dalarna University
2012 Lecturer in Sport and Health Studies at Dalarna University

Has been a commentator at Eurosport for ski jumping and Nordic combined since 1995

Research area: Media and Sport


Heather Dichter, United States

Assistant Professor, Western Michigan University
PhD (2008), "Sporting Democracy: The Western Allies’ Reconstruction of Germany Through Sport, 1944-1952", University of Toronto Department of History
MA (2002), University of North Carolina
BA (2000), University of Michigan

Previously taught at Ithaca College, York College of Pennsylvania, University of Toronto, and Franklin College Switzerland.

Co-Editor of Diplomatic Games: Sport, Statecraft and International Relations since 1945 (University Press of Kentucky, 2014).
Published articles in History of Education, International Journal of the History of Sport, and Stadion
Editorial Board member of International Journal of Sport Communication.
Received grants from Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, George Marshall Foundation, Norway-America Association, International Society for Olympic Historians.

Main areas of research: international sport, Olympic Games, politics, diplomacy


Council Members

Gertrud Pfister, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Heather Dichter, Western Michigan University, United States
Keiko Ikeda, Hokkaido University, Japan
Leena Laine, Independent Scholar, Finland
Malcolm MacLean, University of Gloucestershire, Great Britain
Mei-Chun Lin, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwain
Michael Krüger, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität of Münster, Germany
Patricia Vertinsky, University of British Columbia, Canada
Teresa González-Aja, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Thierry Terret, l'Université Claude-Bernard Lyon, France

ISHPES Past Presidents