Gems is awarded Routledge prize for scholarship

Aug 22, 2016

Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, was awarded the Routledge prize for scholarship at the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sports in Paris in June. The prize was a cash award of 500 British pounds. He also was invited to give the keynote address at the conference, titled “Women and the Advent of American Sport Tourism: The Feminine Invasion of Male Space.”

His new book, titled “Sport and the American Occupation of the Philippines: Bats, Balls and Bayonets,” was published August 2016 by Lexington Books, a subsidiary of Rowman & Littlefield. An interdisciplinary case study, his book focuses on the aftermath of the 1898 Spanish-American War when the U.S. acquired the Philippine Islands for nearly a half century. Sport became a primary tool to install a democratic form of government in the country.

Gems is coeditor of two books published by Taylor & Francis: “Games and Sporting Events in History” and “Global Perspectives on Sport and Physical Cultures.” His coeditors are professors Annette Hofmann of Ludwigsburg University in Germany and Maureen Smith of California State University.

He also coauthored with Dr. Gertrud Pfister of the University of Copenhagen a book chapter, titled “Gender,” in the 2016 book, “Studying Football,” by editors Ellis Cashmore and Kevin Dixon. This spring, Gems gave a presentation titled “American Borderlands and the Transition in Gender Roles” at the North American Society for Sport History Conference at Georgia Tech University in Atlanta.

Click here to view Gems’ faculty profile.