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Rory  Magrath

Dr Rory Magrath BA, MSc, PhD, FHEA

Course Leader

School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

023 8114 7161 Room no. RM204C

Biography

Rory graduated from Solent University in 2010 with a degree in BA (Hons) Football Studies. Following this, he successfully completed an MSc in Sociology of Sport at Loughborough University. He returned to Solent on a part-time basis in 2011, before being appointed as a lecturer in 2014, and course leader in 2016.

He completed his PhD in 2015 under the supervision of Professor Eric Anderson, Dr. Jason Tuck and Professor Stewart Cotterill (University of Winchester). This research focused on the construction of masculinities among Premier League academy footballers. Rory’s research continues to focus on the contemporary relationship between sport (especially football), homosexuality, and masculinity. He has published widely in leading journals and in monograph format.

Rory's research has received media attention in national and local newspapers, international news agencies, and national radio.

He also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in 2013, becoming a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy shortly after.

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Further information

  1. Awards

    Rory was nominated for Researcher of the Year Award in 2018, and won the Research Excellence Award (University of Winchester) in 2013/14.
  2. Recent publications

    Rory's recent publications include academic journal articles and book contributions. Follow the link below for more information...

    Magrath, R. (ed.) (2018). LGBT Athletes in the Sports Media. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

    Magrath, R. (2018). ‘To try and gain an advantage for my team’: Homophobic and homosexually themed chanting among English football fans. Sociology, 52(4), pp. 709-726.

    Magrath, R. and Stott, P. (2018). ‘Impossible to implement?’: The effectiveness of anti-homophobia policy in English professional football. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics (Online First).

    Cleland, J., Magrath, R. and Kian, E.M. (2018). The internet as a site of decreasing cultural homophobia in association football: An online response by fans to the coming out of Thomas Hitzlsperger. Men and Masculinities, 21(1), pp. 91-111.

    Gaston, L., Magrath, R. and Anderson, E. (2018). From hegemonic to inclusive masculinities in English professional football. Journal of Gender Studies, 27(2), pp. 301-312.

    Magrath, R., (2017). Inclusive masculinities in contemporary football: Men in the beautiful game. London: Routledge.

    Magrath, R. (2017). The intersection of race, religion and homophobia in British football. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 52(4), pp. 411-429.

    Magrath, R. and Scoats, R. (2017). Young men’s friendships: Inclusive masculinities in a post-university setting. Journal of Gender Studies (Online First).  

    Roberts, S., Anderson, E. and Magrath, R. (2017). Continuity, change and complexity in the performance of masculinity mong elite young footballers in England. The British Journal of Sociology, 68(2), p. 336-357.

    Magrath, R., Anderson, E. and Bullingham, R., 2016. Out in sport: The experiences of openly gay and lesbian athletes in competitive sport. London: Routledge.

    Magrath, R., Cleland, J. and Anderson, E. (2017). Bisexual erasure in the British print media: Representation of Tom Daley’s coming out. Journal of Bisexuality, 17(3), 300-317.

    Magrath, R., Anderson, E. and Roberts, S., 2015. On the door-step of equality: Attitudes toward gay athletes among academy-level footballers. International Review for the Sociology of Sport50(7), pp.804-821.

  3. Research interests

    Rory’s research interests lay predominantly in the area of sport, sexualities, and masculinities. He has also conducted research on...

    Rory’s research interests lay predominantly in the area of sport, sexualities, and masculinities. He has also conducted research on football fandom, young male athletes, men’s friendships, sports policy, sports media, equality and diversity,  bisexuality, non-exclusive sexualities, and head trauma in sport.

  4. Teaching experience

    Rory’s teaching predominantly relates to the sociological study of football. He teaches...

    Rory’s teaching predominantly relates to the sociological study of football. He teaches this across all three years of the Football Performance and Participation undergraduate provision, as well as at MA level. He is also involved in the delivery of research methods at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and supervises numerous dissertation students.

  5. Work in progress

    Rory is currently working on numerous projects, including work on the coverage of LGBT athletes in the sports media...

    Rory is currently working on numerous projects, including work on the coverage of LGBT athletes in the sports media, and the working environment of LGBT people in sport. He is also involved in a project funded by the American Institute of Bisexuality, which examines the experiences of LGBT fans in English football – the first project of its kind.

    He is also involved in ongoing projects related to the increased fluidity of contemporary masculinities and sexualities, especially in relation to sporting cultures. He is due to publish an edited collection – Handbook of Masculinity and Sport (with Jamie Cleland and Eric Anderson) – in 2019 (Palgrave).