Sandra Collins

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Office: Trinity 208 
Phone: (530) 898-3122


Sandra Collins’ current research centers on the narratives of Asian national identity in globalization by focusing on international sports/the Olympic Games and the discourses on the Pacific Rim.


Collins is the author of The Missing Olympics: The 1940 Tokyo Games (Routledge Press, 2008) which won several favorable reviews.   Her work resuscitates the often forgotten history of the cancelled 1940 Tokyo Olympics and she reveals the contentious history of the first Olympics scheduled for Asia.   William Kelly of Yale University notes “As Sandra Collins has noted so astutely in a number of publications, Tokyo’s scheduled hosting the 1940 Olympics was canceled by the spreading war, but the lobbying and planning for these “missing” Olympics during the 1930’s were significant for both Japan and the IOC.”

She also co-edited with Boria Majumdar Olympism: The Global Vision: From Nationalism to Internationalism (Routledge, 2007).   Her work has also been published in numerous books including Owning the Olympics: Narratives of the New China, the Encyclopedia of the Modern Olympic Movement, and Olympic Japan, and in the journal, International Journal of the History of Sport.

Awards and Fellowships

Collins has won numerous fellowships to support her research and writing, including the Fulbright-Hays, W. Wilson/Newcombe, the international Olympic Committe Research Grant. and the Japan Foundation