Jay Scherer, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Academic Programs


Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation - Academic Programs
(780) 492-9146
2-130A University Hall
8840 114 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2J9




PhD (Sport Sociology), University of Otago, 2004

MHK (Sport Management), University of Windsor, 1999

B.A. University of Western Ontario, 1996


Dr. Scherer joined the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation in 2005.



Current Research

1) Community-Based Research and Sport for Development and Peace: Free Play for Kids (SSHRC-funded through 2024)

2) Gentrification and Spectacular Urban Sporting Landscapes

3) International Hockey and the Cold War

4) The Political Economy of Sports Broadcasting in the Digital Era

5) The Political Debates Over the Construction of Publicly-Funded Major League Sports Facilities and Entertainment Districts.


Dr. Scherer teaches a range of socio-cultural undergraduate courses, as well as a graduate course in Sport and Popular Culture.

Featured Publications

Scherer, J.

Sport History Review . 2023 May; 54 (1):45-71 10.1123/shr.2021-0021

Negotiating the new urban sporting territory: Policing, settler colonialism, and Edmonton's Ice District

Scherer, J., Davidson, J., Kafara, R., & Koch, J.

Sociology of Sport Journal. 2021 June; 38 (2):111-119

The making of the 1976 Canada Cup: Power plays, hockey diplomacy, and the rise of Alan Eagleson

Scherer, J.

Sport History Review. 2021 February; 52 (1):41-69

Scherer, J., & Wilson, B. (Eds.).

Toronto: Pearson. 2020 January;

Sam, M.P., & Scherer, J.

Urban Policy and Research. 2019 January; 37 (3):310-323

Scherer, J., Mills, D., & McCulloch, L.

Edmonton: University of Alberta Press. 2019 January;

Daum, E., & Scherer, J. (2018)

Media, Culture & Society. 2018 January; 40 (4):551-566

Koch, J., Scherer, J., & Holt, N.

Journal of Sport and Social Issues. 2018 January; 42 (4):270-294

McDermott, L., & Scherer, J. (2017).

In M. Butterworth (Ed.), Sport and militarism: Contemporary global perspectives. 2017 January;

Crossman, J., & Scherer, J. (Eds.).

Scherer, J.

Sociology of Sport Journal. 33 (1):39-53

Scherer, J.

Scherer, J., Harvey, J., & Hofman-Mourão, M.

Media, Culture & Society.

Scherer, J., Koch, J., Holt, N.L.

Sociology of Sport Journal,. 33 (3):185-198