Katelyn Esmonde, PhD

Hecht-Levi Fellow

Katie Esmonde recently completed a PhD in Kinesiology at the University of Maryland, College Park, in the Physical Cultural Studies program. Her doctoral research centers on the social significance of digital self-tracking, and how individuals as well as institutions are taking up emerging fitness technologies. She plans to further this research agenda as a Hecht-Levi fellow, focusing on the ethics of workplace wellness programs that utilize fitness tracking as a means to monitor employees and encourage adherence to fitness recommendations. Additionally, Katie is interested in the ethics of obesity prevention, and the role of physical activity in obesity prevention efforts. When she is not examining the “Quantified Self,” Katie enjoys playing with her two dogs Chase and Willow, travelling with her husband Zack, and cheering on her hometown Toronto Maple Leafs.

Research Interests

  • Social significance of digital self-tracking, and how individuals as well as institutions are taking up emerging fitness technologies
  • Ethics of workplace wellness programs that utilize fitness tracking as a means to monitor employees and encourage adherence to fitness recommendations.
  • Ethics of obesity prevention, and the role of physical activity in obesity prevention efforts

Education

  • PhD in Kinesiology at the University of Maryland, College Park, in the Physical Cultural Studies program