Graduate Students

Graduate Students
SSIRG Member Areas of Research
Cooke, Nevada (PhD)
  • Nevada Cooke is a PhD candidate working with Bob Barney.
  • His research pertains to former US President Gerald Ford, the President's Commission on Olympic Sports, and the role they played in reshaping the way the United States forms its Olympic teams.
  • Nevada received both his BA and MA from Western.
Nowokowski, Riley (PhD) 
  • Riley Nowokowski is a PhD Student under the supervision of Dr. Robert Knight Barney.
  • Primary research focus is on local sport history. Together with his supervisor Dr. Barney, he has published a study on London's Labatt Park, in Ontario History.
  • Riley sits on the London Majors Alumni Association board as well as the Labatt Park National Historic Site Committee, with a goal of helping the park obtain national heritage designation status.
Patil, Swarali (PhD)
  • Swarali Patil is pursuing a PhD under the supervision of Prof. Alison Doherty. Her doctoral research is focused on organizational capacity.
  • Other research interests include women in sport, gender equity in sport, and strategy in sport management.
  • Swarali holds an M.A. in Kinesiology (Leadership and Management) from Western University. Her master’s thesis topic was Capacity for Change: Critical Factors in the Organizational Implementation of Gender Equity in Sport Initiatives.
  • B.A. (Hons) in Sport Management from Coventry University, Coventry, UK
Pettit, Andrew (PhD)
  • Andrew Pettit is a PhD Student studying under the supervision of Dr. Robert Barney. His research examines the historical relationship between sport and politics with a particular focus on the history of the International Olympic Committee as a historical advocate for peace.
  • Andrew obtained his M.A. in History at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. For his Major Research Project, he analyzed issues of peace and nationalism as it related to the Quaker experience in revolutionary Philadelphia. Andrew attained his B.A. in History from McMaster University, graduating suma cum laude.
Robar, Justin (PhD)
Sales, Darda (PhD)
  • Darda Sales is pursuing a PhD under the supervision of Dr. Laura Misener.  Her doctoral research is focused on the coach’s role in supporting the wellness of their athletes. 
  • Other research interests include parasport development/engagement and the Paralympic athlete experience.
  • Darda holds a M.A. in Health Education/Health Promotion from the University of Alabama and a B.A. in Kinesiology from Western University.