Research Team

Meet our Researchers

Athlete Ally Staff

Dr. Anna Baeth

Director of Research

Anna Baeth (she/her) is a critical feminist scholar and a cultural studies practitioner of sport. Her research centers on the gendering of sport spaces, the eternally moving body, and social movements and sport. A native of Frederick, MD, Baeth has a PhD from the University of Minnesota in Kinesiology, with a concentration in Sport Sociology. Baeth was a research assistant in the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport and a teaching assistant in the UMN Department of Kinesiology. Beyond her scholarly pursuits, Baeth is a perennial coach and advocate for cultural awareness in sport spaces. Holding an M.S. in Exercise and Sport Studies from Smith College (MA), Baeth has been an assistant lacrosse coach at Hamline University (MN), Head Field Hockey Coach at Oberlin College and Conservatory (OH), and assistant field hockey / lacrosse coach at Mt. Holyoke College (MA). In 2009, she rode her bicycle cross country with the non-profit Bike and Build to raise awareness of affordable housing issues. Baeth graduated from Swarthmore College (PA) with a degree in Sociology / Anthropology, Peace Studies, and Educational Studies, where she also founded the not-for-profit, Chester Neighborhood Bike Works.

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Abigail Kurtz

Abigail Kurtz is a graduate student aspiring to do practical research for accessibility and equity. Helping people by way of data collection, writing, and community engagement, Abigail holds a B.S. in Information Science from Clarion University and has worked as a librarian and writing instructor since 2013. Currently, she is a Masters student in the sociology program at Pennsylvania State University where she also works as a graduate research assistant, applying exchange and rational choice theory to create inclusive undergraduate curriculum.

Joanna Line

Joanna Line is a PhD candidate in American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University. Her research examines leadership development and education for collegiate athletes. Line is an Assistant Coach of Cross Country and Track and Field Coach at BGSU. Line earned an M.S. from Smith College and her undergraduate degree from Oberlin College, where she was a seven-time NCAA All-American in cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track. She was awarded a Watson Fellowship to research women’s empowerment worldwide through running.

Ryan Socolow

Ryan Socolow graduated from Endicott College with a B.A. in Sociology & Gender Studies and a minor in Psychology. He completed an M.S. degree at Springfield College in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Ryan anchored the lacrosse team at Endicott, leading them to 4 consecutive conference championship victories and their first NCAA tournament win. He also founded and was president of the college’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance for 4 years. Ryan has coached at the high school and collegiate levels while presenting across the US and internationally on LGBTQ+ athletes and inclusion efforts. He loves to work collaboratively as a member of AASP and N4A.

Jenna Weiner

Jenna Weiner graduated with a M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Nevada, Reno after receiving her B.A. in Atmospheric Science from UC Berkeley. Her work focuses on trans and non-binary inclusion policies in sport. Jenna has given a TEDx talk on reimagining gender inclusivity in sports, co-facilitated trainings on LGBTQ inclusion, and helped organize support groups for trans and non-binary students. Writing about her experiences as a trans ultimate player, Jenna led significant policy change efforts for trans and non-binary inclusion.

Dr. Sam Winemiller

Sam Winemiller is a feminist cultural studies scholar of sport with a social justice orientation. His research explores inequities in the mediatization of sport and recreation, and examines how people might treat each other with more consideration in these spaces. He received a Ph.D. in Kinesiology and Sport Studies from the University of Tennesee and a master’s in Sport Management from the University of Florida. Sam also spent six years working at Lutheridge Camp and Conference Center, including as supervisor of their Outdoor Adventure Program.

Athlete Ally Research Team

McKenzie Arbeiter

McKenzie Arbeiter has a Masters in sport psychology and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2017 with her B.A. in Psychology. She conducts interdisciplinary research combining sport and positive psychology and is focused on increasing well-being in both athletes and coaches. She is starting her EdD in Counseling and Sport Psychology at the University of Western States in July and is going into her 5th year of coaching girls high school and club soccer, and she recently finished her USSF D License through US Soccer.

Dr. Caitlin Clarke

Dr. Caitlin Clarke’s work is at the intersection of the Sociology of Health and Science and Technology Studies, focused on the use of exercise as a solution for health issues such as depression and anxiety. She is concerned with how exercise scientists conceptualize research participants, disease, exercise, and the relationship between the two. She is interested in the production of knowledge in this area and how it impacts perceptions of people with mental illness, particularly in relation to economic burden and the promotion of individualized self-care.

Dr. Cassie Comley

Dr. Cassie Comley received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Oregon. She’s interested in Latinx surfers’ strategies for maneuvering traditionally white male-dominated sporting arenas. This research inspired her and two colleagues to start a non-profit for the Latinx community in Southern California. She works with incarcerated youth for the Orange County Department of Education, mentoring recent high school graduates on higher education curriculum. She is also a Sociology and Gender Studies instructor for Orange Coast College.

Bernie Compton

Bernie Compton is a doctoral student in Leadership Studies at Bowling Green State University and a research assistant for Project IMPACT. Her work centers on LGBTQ+ inclusion and culturally responsive pedagogy. Bernie is the Director of Operations for BGSU Women’s Soccer. As a sport psychology consultant, she integrates LGBTQ+ inclusive trainings for athletic teams and administrators. Bernie holds an M.A. in Cultural Studies from BGSU and an M.S. in Sport Leadership from Miami University, where she researched gendered acceptance of aggression.

John DeRuff

John DeRuff is a senior at George Washington University, studying Civil Engineering and Sustainability. As a member of the GW Sailing Team, he was elected captain for the 2019-2020 season. He is leading a project with Engineers Without Borders in Yumbe, Uganda to design and build a library to supplement the region’s educational resources. Since publishing his coming out story in 2019, he has been a passionate advocate of LGBTQ+ rights in athletics. In his free time, John loves to ride his road bike, obsess over coffee, and play “tennis” with his dog, Lucy.

Marnie Kinnaird

Marnie Kinnaird loves thinking about what makes teams tick, especially how to foster and sustain supportive, enriching cultures. Marnie married her passion for team culture with her interest in using sport as a tool for social justice at the University of Minnesota where she earned a M.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology and worked in the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport. Marnie ran cross-country and track & field for both Occidental College and the UMN. She currently competes for the Impala Racing Team in San Francisco.

Val Moyer

Val Moyer is a PhD candidate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Stony Brook University. Her dissertation analyzes how international track and field policies on hormone levels operate to exclude trans and intersex women. Val ran track and field and cross country for the University of Vermont, where she advocated for greater LGBTQ inclusion in athletics. She has worked with The Aspen Institute’s policy program on reproductive rights, Reading Partners, and outdoor education and recreation organizations. She also competes in sprint triathlons.

An Nguyen

An Nguyen is a Vietnamese settler living on Treaty 6 territory and a Master of Arts student at the University of Alberta. An utilizes intersectionality theory as a lens to facilitate inclusion and equal representation of disabled populations in spaces related to leisure, recreation, and sport. Her work focuses on neurodivergence and LGBTQ2Siaa+ identities and aims to make movement more accessible to those at this intersection. She dreams of contributing to a future world that makes space for human flourishing in sport contexts, more often than is present today.

Francesca Principe

Francesca Principe studied exercise science and played ice hockey at St. Olaf College. She received her M.S. in kinesiology with an emphasis in sport psychology from the University of Minnesota. Currently, she provides mental skills coaching to sport teams in the area and is passionate about sports, how sports affect individuals, and how sports affect society as a whole. She is excited to grow awareness in the role we all play in sport inclusion and believes that sports should be a place for all individuals to develop and make lasting friendships.

Data Analytics and Communications

Lucie Desvallées

Lucie Desvallées is a Communication Studies major at Davidson College with a minor in Digital Studies who is passionate about how entities express themselves in advertising, marketing, and branding. Lucie’s coursework has covered topics in communications including Persuasion & Propaganda or Digital Surveillance. She delved into practical creative communications during her semester in Copenhagen in Fall 2019, as well as Digital Art courses. These classes and experiences persuaded her to work in advertising, marketing and branding professionally.

Jenna Kash

Jenna Kash is an undergraduate student at Trinity University (TX), studying Analytics and Data Science. She has a passion for utilizing data to paint an informative picture in order to affect positive change in the world.

Emma Scheetz

Emma Scheetz graduated from the Ohio State University with a B.S. in Sport Industry and a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. While there, her passion for improving equality in sport led her to work with Major League Girls and Advocates for Women of the World, where she worked to improve the educational environments of women around the globe through community events focused on fundraising and education. In the future, she aims to attend graduate school to continue her studies regarding gender and sexuality in sporting contexts.

Nancy Tran

Nancy Tran graduated from Georgia State University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. Throughout her undergraduate career, she was an active learner and leader in her community and gained over two years of experience assisting and leading research projects. Currently, she is a Human Resources Generalist at Marriott International and is actively seeking opportunities in Research and related areas to further my knowledge in Research and its methodologies to help improve our world.

Tracey Tran

Tracey Tran graduated from the University of California, Irvine with double majors in Film & Media Studies and Education Sciences, and is currently a MBA candidate at the Paul Merage School of Business. Tracey is a versatile project manager and product designer, leveraging writing and user experience (UX) design thinking skills to enhance digital content and music experiences in the entertainment technology space. Tracey has a demonstrated history of team management, event planning, and storytelling in nonprofits, education, and entertainment.

We are grateful to adidas for their sponsorship of the adidas x Athlete Ally Research Fellowship.