Associate Professor Robert E Rinehart

Robert Rinehart

Qualifications: PhD, University of Illinois; MS, University of Arizona; MA, California State University, Sacramento; BA, California State University, Sacramento

About Robert

I moved to Aotearoa ten years ago.  I have extensive background in swimming--both as an athlete and as a coach in the United States.  I coached nine All Americans during my 23 year career.  I hold two masters degrees:  one in creative writing (English), and another in sport psychology.  I have been teaching/coaching in higher education since the mid-1970s (true, but astonishing!).

I have served as President of the North American Sociology of Sport Society and the international Association for Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines.

Papers Taught

Research Interests

My research interests include action/extreme/alternative sport studies, humanistic aspects of contemporary sport; qualitative inquiry (especially ethnographic practices).

Supervisions at Waikato:

Tom Kavanagh, The complex life of a rugby player – a holistic ethnography of UUCRFC

Gemma Piercy, Baristas:  The artisan precariat

Christina Gera, The writing of assignments in a pre-service primary education programme:  Student and staff perspectives

Hamish Crocket, Playing with ethics?:  A Foucauldian examination of the construction of ethical subjectivities in Ultimate Frisbee


Children's and Youth Sport; Extreme/Alternative Sports; Performance; Social Issues in Sport; Sociology; Sports

Sociology of Sport; (Physical) Cultural Studies; Ethnography (Auto-, Duo-, Collaborative-); Qualitative methods