Judy Liao, PhD

Assistant Professor, Augustana - Social Sciences


Assistant Professor, Augustana - Social Sciences
(780) 679-1653
2-133 AG26 Forum
4901-46 Ave
Camrose AB
T4V 2R3



Ph.D., University of Alberta

M.A., University of British Columbia 

B.B.A/B.Laws, National Taipei University

I teach sociology of sport, gender studies, and qualitative research methods in sport studies. My work examines female bodies in sport and popular culture. Besides women's sport and women in popular culture, my favourite topic in conversation is my dear puppy, Polaris. 


My research agenda focuses on elite female sporting bodies in contemporary cultures. I am particularly interested in intersecting politics within the Women's National Basketball Association's (WNBA) operations and media representations. 


AUIDS 201 - Collaborative Learning

The course allows students to learn about approaches, methodologies and/or analytic techniques specific to a discipline, while offering an opportunity to practice working collaboratively in groups on a large project. Prerequisite: AUIDS 101.

Fall Term 2021
AUIDS 302 - Exploring Body Issues

This course introduces students to some of the contemporary discussions and debates regarding the body as a social phenomenon taking place within feminism and related fields. Students will learn how to critically unpack the power that operates through bodily reactions to self, others, and society through various threads of feminist theories.

Winter Term 2022
AUPED 160 - Sociocultural Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity

Introduction to the sociocultural dimensions of sport and physical activity. The course examines a variety of social institutions, processes, issues, and their relationship to sport and physical education in Canada and the United States. Topics include the emergence of modern sport, sport and culture, socialization, class and gender relations, race and ethnicity, government and politics, commercialization, the mass media, schools and universities, drugs and violence.

Fall Term 2021
AUPED 266 - Gender in Sport and Physical Activity

Exploring construction and performance of gender in sport and physical activity. Intersections with other identity categories, such as race, sexuality and ability will also be explored to understand a more complex process of gender production.

Winter Term 2022

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“The only thing I am guilty of is taking too many jump shots”: A Deleuzian media analysis of Diana Taurasi’s drug charge in 2010
Author(s): Judy Liao & Pirkko Markula
Publication: Sociology of Sport Journal
Volume: 32
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 169-197
External Link: http://journals.humankinetics.com/doi/abs/10.1123/ssj.2015-0079