Dillon Landi

MA EdM Columbia, BS (Hons) Campbell

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Dillon Landi is in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Faculty of Education and Social Work. He specialises in health, kinesiology, and education.

Dillon's work encompasses concepts of health, physical activity, and education. Drawing on biomedical and socio-cultural understandings of the body, he analyses the way students bodies are either limited or augmented in school-based health programs (including health education, physical education, and physical activity more broadly). 

Prior to attending the University of Auckland, Dillon received a Masters of Education and a Masters of Arts at Columbia University. He worked under the direction of Professor and AERA Fellow Stephen Silverman. Dillon served as a tutor for Research Methodology in the Department of Biobehavioral Sciences. 

While a master's student at Columbia, Dillon concomitantly served as a teacher and administrator in Health, Physical Education, and Sport. He has served in these capacities for seven years across all levels of education (Primary- Higher Education). Dillon has primarily served in urban school districts in the Greater New York City area. 

My PhD thesis is being supervised by Katie Fitzpatrick and Richard Pringle

Research | Current

  • Social Issues in Health and Kinesiology
  • Health Education
  • Physical Education
  • Gender and Sexuality Education
  • Curriculum and Teaching

Teaching | Current

  • EDCURRIC 333: Advanced Youth Health Education (Sexuality Education)
  • EDCURRIC 233: Youth Health Education (Mental Health Education)
  • EDCURRIC 132: Biophysical Foundations (Anatomy & Physiology)
  • EDUC 142: HPE in a Diverse Society (Sociology of Schooling and Health)
  • EDUC 104G: Sport in Society (Sociology of Sport)
  • EDPROFST 727: Social Theory (Critical Social Theory)


  • The University of Auckland, Doctoral Scholarship, 2015-2018
  • ISATT Dean's Scholarship, 2015
  • Presidential Citation, New Jersey Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (NJAHPERD)
  • Academic Scholarship, Teachers College, 2011-2014
  • National Major of the Year, National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), 2010
  • Magna Cum Laude, Campbell University, 2010
  • President's List, Campbell University, 2009-2010
  • Dean's List, Campbell University, 2008-2009
  • Scott Ellis Academic Scholarship, 2006-2010


Ph.D. Candidate, Faculty of Education

Professional Teaching Fellow, Curriculum and Pedagogy

Areas of expertise

  • Health Education
  • Physical Education
  • Research Methodology and Methods
  • Sociology of Health, Kinesiology, and Education
  • Curriculum and Teaching
  • Theories related to Health and the Body (Biomedical, Materialist, Critical)

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Forum for International Networking in Education (FINE) Representative, 2015-2016
  • AERA (American Educational Research Association; Div. B,J,K, SIG: Critical Educators, Queer, Phys Education)
  • AARE (Australian Association for Research in Education)
  • PENZ (Physical Education New Zealand)
  • SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Educators, USA)
  • NJAHPERD (New Jersey Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance), Former Officer
  • NCAAHPERD-SM (North Carolina Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance, and Sport Management)
  • Richard Tinning Research Unit

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Landi, D. (2019). Queer men, affect, and physical education. QUALITATIVE RESEARCH IN SPORT EXERCISE AND HEALTH. (pp. 20). 10.1080/2159676X.2018.1504230
  • Dyson, B., Landi, D., & Gordon, B. (2018). Redesign of PE in Aotearoa New Zealand. In H. A. Lawson (Ed.) Redesigning physical education: An equity agenda in which every child matters (pp. 182-195). Oxon, UK: Routledge. Related URL.
  • Landi, D. (2018). Toward a queer inclusive physical education. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 23 (1), 1-15. 10.1080/17408989.2017.1341478
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/43214
  • Landi, D. A. (2017). Neoliberalization of physical education: Analyzing New Jersey physical education policy. Paper presented at Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX, USA. 27 April - 1 May 2017. (pp. 10). Related URL.
  • Landi, D. (2016). Mr. Landi can't be gay. He teaches gym!. Paper presented at Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Conference, Melbourne, Australia. 27 November - 1 December 2016. Related URL.
  • Landi, D., Fitzpatrick, K., & McGlashan, H. (2016). Models based practices in physical education: A sociocritical reflection. Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, 35 (4), 400-411. 10.1123/jtpe.2016-0117
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32226
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Katie Fitzpatrick, Hayley McGlashan

Contact details

Office hours

By Appointment

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 523
New Zealand