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Katie Taylor


School of Science & Technology

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Dr Taylor is a Lecturer in Sociology of Sport. She is the course leader for the first-year Sport, Culture, and Society module. She also supervises dissertation students on topics relating to media representation of female athletes and physical education in schools. She has published three peer-reviewed articles and a book chapter. She is currently working on a book manuscript about the history of women playing American football.

Career overview

Dr Taylor joined NTU in February 2022. She has extensive teaching experience at both further and higher education level. From 2005 until 2021 she taught at Peter Symonds College in Winchester as a teacher of A-Level Physical Education and BTEC Sport. While at Peter Symonds College she was Programme Leader of two degree programmes, having overseen their conversion from Foundation Degrees.

Dr Taylor is also a qualified American football coach and previously managed the Great Britain Men's Flag Football Team, supporting the team at three European Championships.

Research areas

Dr Taylor's research focuses on the media representation of female athletes in both historical and contemporary contexts. She is particularly interested in women who challenge gender norms. A key area of focus is women's roles in American football and she is currently writing a book on the history of women playing the sport.

External activity

Dr Taylor is a member of the North American Society of Sports History, the International Society of Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise, and the Women's History Network. She is also a Trustee of British Society of Sports History and is the Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers Representative.


  • Katie Taylor, ‘“The first woman football coach…”: A Media Study of Female American Football Coaches, 1888-1946,’ Feminist Media Studies.
  • Dunja Antunovic, Katie Taylor, Macauley Watt, and Andrew Linden, ‘“Getting Noticed, Respected, and Supported”: Mediated (In)visibilities of Women’s American Football in the United States,’ in The Professionalisation of Women’s Sport: Issues and Debates, ed. Ali Bowes and Alex Culvin (Emerald Publishing: Bingley). September 2021.
  • Katie Taylor, Andrew Linden, and Dunja Antunovic, ‘“From Beach Nymph to Gridiron Amazon”: Media Coverage of Women in American Football, 1934-1979,’ Communication & Sport 9, no. 3 (2021): 458-475.
  • Katie Taylor, ‘“Here’s the Football Heroine”: Female American Football Players, 1890-1912,’ Sport in History 40, no. 4 (2020): 576-596.

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Press expertise

Dr Taylor can speak to the following topics for media work: media representation of female athletes, female American football players, and female American football coaches.

She has been interviewed by China Global Television Network, and has been sought out as an expert for articles in The Athletic

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