1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Colleen Winkelman

BA, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2018

I have been exploring women’s participation in rugby social songs in the US and how they negotiate their personal identities and their rugger identities. Through interviews with rugby players in Alaska, I became interested in the differences between US rugby culture and New Zealand rugby culture as well as the role, use, and expression of haka. My research interests focus on rugby cultures that have developed (and are developing) in the US and Aotearoa New Zealand and the role social songs and haka have in the creation of identities, paying special attention to women’s participation.


Sport (Rugby), Global, National, and Group identities in sport, Embodiment, Language and gender, Aotearoa New Zealand