I have been working for Sheffield Hallam since October 2009. As a sport sociologist, I am currently teaching on two courses: Physical Education and School Sport and Sport Development with Coaching.
I was born and grew up in Seoul, South Korea. I read English at the University of Calgary, Canada and completed a Master’s and a PhD in the sociology of sport at the University of Surrey, UK.
My PhD centres around national and ethnic identities, the media, mega sport events and globalisation. Since the completion of a PhD, I have expanded my research interest to include PE and student experience and refugees with a particular emphasis on North Korean refugees living in Seoul, South Korea.
I also plan to conduct research on the 2018 Winter Olympics, the media and identities.
Specialist areas of interest
Sociology of Sport, PE, identities, the media, mega sport events and globalisation
Physical Education and School Sport
Sport Development with Coaching
Research in PE
The Politics of PE
PE as a tool for social change/control
Sport and Social Issues
Current research projects
I am currently leading research to investigate Sheffield Hallam PE and School Sport students' diverse needs and concerns in relation to their course and University experiences. It will help document students' opinions of the course and their learning and improve the course and teaching.
Selected research reports
A number of publications since 2006. The most recent one is to be published in Physical Education Matters, in spring 2017.
Last year (2015-16), I led research on employability and value of University degree from Hallam PE and School Sport students' perspectives. Along with a colleague, we also interviewed heads of PE departments at a number of secondary schools in and outside Sheffield and explored their views on employability and an ideal PE teacher. Part of our research findings is to be published in the journal Physical Education Matters in spring 2017.
Sabiston, J., & Oh, M. (2017). ‘You’re hired': A study into the skills and qualities of aspiring PE teachers valued by heads of PE. Physical Education Matters, 12 (1), 66-68. http://www.afpe.org.uk/physical-education/physical-education-matters-2/
Oh, M. (2015). South Korea’s gendered nationhood : a case study of heavyweight weightlifter Jang Mi-ran. Asia Pacific Journal of Sport and Social Science, 4 (3), 237-250. http://doi.org/10.1080/21640599.2015.1126949
Globalisation and Consumption of American football in the UK