Bonnie Hagerman is the author of Skimpy Coverage: Sports Illustrated and the Shaping of the Female Athlete and an Associate Professor of Women, Gender & Sexuality at the University of Virginia, where she serves as the department’s Director of Undergraduate Programs. After competing in a variety of high school sports, Hagerman continued her athletic career at Princeton University, earning a national championship in crew in 1990. Graduating in 1991, Hagerman then turned her attention to teaching and coaching at the high school level before pursuing graduate studies. She earned her PhD from Ohio University in 2001 and began teaching for the University of Virginia in 2008. In 2023, she was recognized with an all-University teaching award. Her courses and research focus on women, gender, and sport and 20th-century American social history. Hagerman’s second book, A Pair of Queens, will explore the role of two sportswomen—Helen Wills Moody and Glenna Collett Vare—and their contributions to making that decade a golden age of American sport.

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Skimpy Coverage

March 21, 2024 11AM – 12:30PM

Why are female athletes so often seen as spectacle? Skimpy Coverage delves into Sports Illustrated’s treatment of female athletes since the iconic magazine’s founding in 1954. 

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