Alexandra Mountain

Position title: Lecturer: History 136 Sport, Recreation, & Society in the United States


Office: 5126 Mosse Humanities Bldg.
Mailbox: 5033 Mosse Humanities Bldg.
Phone: 608.263.3945
Office Hours: ONLINE Monday & Wednesday 12:00-1:00pm

Alexandra Mountain


I am a transnational sport historian, and my research and teaching interests focus on how sport acts as a site for the production and reproduction of social relations. By exploring the global scope of sporting industries, my research uncovers how political imperatives perpetuate racist, classist, and sexist policies of youth development and training for professional sports.

My current project studies the experience of elite young male ice hockey players in the United States, Canada, and Sweden to examine how these athletes are both exploited by professional hockey leagues for their labor, and protected from the worst of the global sports system because of their race, class, and gender.


Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
B.A., University of Western Australia

Selected Publications

  • “A Battle for Sanity: The 1961 Withdrawal from the Ontario Hockey Association by the St. Michael’s Majors” Boyhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 10, No. 1 (2017)

Selected Awards

  • Professor Van Beck Hall Teaching Excellence Award, University of Pittsburgh, 2019
  • World History Center Public History Graduate Student Assistantship, Partnership with the Senator John Heinz History Center, University of Pittsburgh, 2018
  • Andrew W. Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2016-17
  • Swedish Language Scholarship, Uppsala International Summer Session, Uppsala University, 2016
  • Bordin-Gillette Researcher Travel Fellowship, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan, 2016

History Courses

  • History 136 – Sport, Recreation, and Society – Syllabus 2020 (pdf)
  • History 221 – The GOAT: The History of Superstar Athletes