Jessica W. Chin, Ph.D.



Spartan Complex 173F


(408) 924-3039

Research Gate Profile

Jessica Chin 


Professor Bio

Dr. Jessica Chin serves as the research and core specialist for SJSU’s Department of Kinesiology and is engaged in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Dr. Chin is an active member of the Western Society for the Physical Education of College Women (WSPECW), the International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA), and the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS), regularly presenting her research at their annual conferences. She is the Chair of the NASSS Elections Committee and has also served on the NASSS Diversity and Conference Climate Committee (DCCC) and the Environmental Impact Committee. Dr. Chin was elected as Chair of the Committee to Enhance Equity and Diversity (CEED) in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts (CASA) from 2010-2014 and was also an academic consultant to the Bay Area Physical Education-Health Program (Bay PE-HP).

With a strong desire to include students in work that promotes diversity and social justice, Dr. Chin has mentored and advised students in various capacities. As an example, she leads and advises RePlay, a nonprofit, student-based group that seeks to benefit and initiate positive change in local communities and educational institutions. Following the core principles of promoting social justice and a green lifestyle, RePlay collects used sporting goods and equipment, which they refurbish and distribute at events specially organized for underserved community groups. RePlay has organized events and made significant donations to foster children, homeless shelters, underfunded physical education programs, and summer camps. Dr. Chin is passionate about physical activity and remains an advocate for underserved and underrepresented populations through her teaching, research, and community service.



Ph.D. University of Maryland - Kinesiology (Physical Cultural Studies)      

M.A. American University - International Communication

B.A. St. Mary's College of Maryland - Biology; Foreign Language (conc: French)


Expertise, Research & Teaching Interests

Dr. Chin’s research involves interdisciplinary, cross-cultural analyses, focusing particularly on the ways social, cultural and historical contexts shape and inform the construction of identity through sport and physical activity. She takes a special interest in the role of the active female body and its use in the negotiation of power. One strand of her research focuses on elements of postcommunist sport: emergent female subjectivities related to physical culture, changing patterns of lifestyle and leisure consumption, and socio-cultural tensions manifested in sport and physical activity in Romania. Other research lines include: hazing in college athletics and its impact on health and wellness of (female) athletes; intersections of culture, identity and representation of Asian (/American) athletes; and the politics and physical and social experiences of the San Jose Bike Party.


Undergraduate Courses Taught

KIN 70 - Introducation to Kinesiology

KIN 185/H - Senior Seminar/Honors Senior Seminar

Graduate Courses Taught

KIN 251 - Fundamentals of Qualitative Research

KIN 263 - International Sport and Physical Education

KIN 264 - Sociology of Sport


Selected Publications


johnson, j. & Chin, J. (2016). Seeking new glory (d)haze: A qualitative examination of adventure-based, team orientation rituals as an alternative to traditional sport hazing for athletes and coaches, International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 11(3), 327-341. (published online 28 April 2016). DOI: 1177/1747954116643648

johnson, j. & Chin, J. (2016). Hazing rites/rights: Using outdoor- and adventure-based orientation to effect positive change for first-year athletes. Journal of Adventure Education & Outdoor Learning, 16(1), 16-30. (published online 15 Aug 2015). DOI:1080/14729679.2015.1050681

Chin, J. & Andrews, D. L. (2016). Mixed Martial Arts, Caged Orientalism, and Female Asian American Bodies. In, Thangaraj, S., Arnaldo, Jr., C., & Chin, C. (Eds.). Asian American Sporting Cultures (pp. 152-179). NY: New York University Press.

Chin, J., Castro, L., & Han, KM. (2015). Assessment of Coaches’ First Aid Knowledge and Decision Making in Youth Soccer. International Journal of Human Movement Science 9(2), 25-38.

Massiera, B., Petracovschi, S., & Chin, J. (2013). Ideological challenges to developing leisure sport in Romania: A cultural and historical analysis of the impact of elite sport on popular sport practice. Loisir et Société/Society & Leisure, 1(1), 1-16.

Chin, J. & johnson, j. (2011). Making the team: Threats to health and wellness in sport hazing cultures. The International Journal of Health, Wellness & Society, 1(2), 29-38.

Chin, J. (2010). The new “superwoman”: Intersections of fitness, physical culture, and the female body in Romania. In Kennedy, E. and Markula, P. (Eds.), Women and exercise: The body, health, and consumerism (pp. 229-246). NY: Routledge.


Selected Presentations


Chin, J. W., johnson, j. & Masucci, M.  (2018 June). Through the optical lens: Musings on developing a hybrid moving methodology. Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise (QRSE), Vancouver, Canada.

Chin, J. (2017 November). Chinese American sport body matters: Performance and politics of 9-man. North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS), Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Chin, J. (2017 May/June). Chinese heritage and identity: Connecting through sport and the 9-man community. International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA), Taoyuan, Taiwan.

Hardell, E. & Chin, J. (2016 November). Youth sport development pathways of Division I collegiate female soccer players. North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS), Tampa Bay, FL.

Chin, J. (2015 November). Fighting the Asian Mystique: Popular Representations of female Asian American bodies in MMA. North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS), Santa Fe, NM.

johnson, j. & Chin, J. (2014 June). On the fringe: Strategizing play to defray conflict within the matrix of team membership, community, and sport hazing. Asian Conference on the Social Sciences, Osaka, Japan.

Chin, J. (2014 May). Hazing and sport team initiation: Experiences of Division I collegiate female athletes. Sport & Society in America, Greenbay, WI.

Chin, J. (2013 November). Sport team initiations: Experiences of Division I collegiate female athletes. Western Society for Physical Education of College Women (WSPECW), Pacific Grove, CA.

Chin, J. (2012 November). Methodological considerations for research on deviant behavior in NCAA sports. North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS), New Orleans, LA.

Chin, J. & johnson, j. (2012 June). Complicating the impact of Title IX: A media analysis of hazing in female sports. North American Society for Sport History (NASSH), Berkeley, CA.


Graduate Student Research Supervision

Thesis Chair:

Hardell, E. (Fall 2017). Early sport participation and developmental decision making of female National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I soccer athletes.

Lupinetti, V. (Spring 2015). Self-presentation and social media: A qualitative examination of the use of Instagram by amateur NPC female figure competitors

Alexander, L. (Spring 2014). NCAA Division I coaches and athletic trainers: An examination of professional relationships and knowledge of the athletic training profession.

Dao, M. (Summer 2013). An examination of American Sport for Development and Peace interns’ program experiences.

Castro, L. (Spring 2010). Assessment of First Aid knowledge and decision making of coaches of youth soccer.

Plan B Project Advisor:

Atkinson, L. (Spring 2018). African American men's understanding of obesity and cardiovascular disease.

Calvet, S. (Spring 2018). A mental health handbook for certified athletic trainers working with collegiate athletics.

Ho, K. (Spring 2018). Psychosocial responses upon return to play in NAIA collegiate athletes.

Jones, L. (Spring 2017). The experience of injury within exotic dance and pole competition.

Schlimmer, E. (Fall 2016). Support for emotional and psychological conditions in collegiate athletics.

Lane, K. (Fall 2014). Body image and training practices of young male bodybuilders

Lovelace, B. (Fall 2014). The challenges and obstacles of Black female NCAA athletic directors

Rosen, J. (Spring 2014). Assessing and identifying talent of Division I swimmers during the recruiting process.

Gittens, J. (Spring 2014). Experiences of female athletic trainers working in NCAA Division I athletics.

Hunter, D. (Spring 2013). Impact of a coaches’ gender on female basketball players’ attitude toward the coach.

Ringelberg, J. (Fall 2011). Developing a physical activity- and nutrition education-based afterschool program for Latino youth.

Moreno, M. (Spring 2011). Bridging the gap between allied health professionals and fitness specialists for the treatment of chronic low back pain.

Osmer, S. (Spring 2011). A comparison of injury rates between freshman and non-freshman athletes

Beranova, L. (Spring 2010). Self-confidence and Incidence of Injury in Youth Female Soccer Players.

Herrera, J. (Fall 2009). Development plan of a parent-child clinic: Adults showing and teaching sportsmanship to children.


Professional Affiliations

North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS)

International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA)

Western Society for the Physical Education of College Women (WSPECW)

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