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Katie Taylor


School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)


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

Current research centres on sociological and historical issues in women's sport, specifically:

  • Media representations of women's sport
  • The history of women playing and coaching American football
  • The experiences of minority ethnic women football spectators

Current PhD Supervision

  • Marit Hiemstra -  Communicating Consent in Guided Running (Co-Supervisor)

Dr Taylor is a member of the Sport and  Society research group, part of the SHAPE research centre, researching in Sport and Exercise Science.

External activity

Media Engagements

Katie's research has been featured in various media outlets, including CGTN and the Washington Post. She has also contributed to the Football Supporters' Associations Fans for Diversity X Women's Game report.

Membership of Professional Bodies

Dr Taylor is the Vice Chair of the British Society of Sports History, and a member of the Women's Sport Collective.


  • Katie Taylor, Fiona Skillen, and Margaret Roberts (2022) Public History and the British Society of Sports History: Opportunities and Challenges. Sport in History 42(4): 526-547.
  • 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 (2021) “Getting Noticed, Respected, and Supported”: Mediated (In)visibilities of Women’s American Football in the United States. In Ali Bowes and Alex Culvin (eds.) The Professionalisation of Women’s Sport: Issues and Debates. Emerald Publishing: Bingley.
  • Katie Taylor, Andrew Linden, and Dunja Antunovic (2021) “From Beach Nymph to Gridiron Amazon”: Media Coverage of Women in American Football, 1934-1979. Communication & Sport 9(3): 458-475.
  • Katie Taylor, (2020) “Here’s the Football Heroine”: Female American Football Players, 1890-1912. Sport in History 40(4): 576-596.

See all of Katie Taylor's publications...

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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