Physical Culture and Sport Studies

Graduate students listen to Professor Jan Todd talk about the history of strong man competitions.

Program Directors

Pursue a Ph.D. in Physical Culture and Sport Studies to prepare for an academic career with a focus in research. This program brings together related fields of sport history, the history of physical culture and exercise science, and the history of doping and human enhancement. Students are encouraged to choose coursework from multiple areas within the University that fit their academic interests. These subjects relate to sport often include law, politics, ethics, culture, and philosophy.

Students work closely with their adviser and other core faculty on research projects. Their studies integrate historical methodologies with Olympic studies, cultural studies, sociology and gender studies, law, political science, and ethics/philosophy. Access to the archival and book collections at the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center provides students with unparalleled resources for primary research in sport and physical culture studies.

Applicants are encouraged to contact either Dr. Jan Todd or Dr. Thomas M. Hunt by email before completing the official on-line application. Applicants should include in that email a brief statement of research interests, GRE scores, undergraduate GPA and major. They should also describe any post-undergraduate academic work (master’s, law school, etc.) and GPA. Applicants should also indicate if they require financial assistance to pursue doctoral work at UT. Students who have not yet taken the GRE are also encouraged to write and discuss their interest in the program.

Faculty

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Thomas Hunt

Associate Professor

Examines the intersection of sport and international political history.

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Jan Todd

Professor

Specializes in the history of strength and conditioning, doping, women and sport, and physical culture; directs the Ph.D. program in Physical Culture and Sport Studies and the Masters program in Sport Management.

Affiliated Faculty

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Kimberly Beckwith

Lecturer

Teaches courses focusing on physical and strength training as well as sport history and culture.

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John Fair

Adjunct Professor

Focuses on the history of sport culture, particularly Olympic weightlifting, and its impact on society.

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Terrance Todd

Stark Center Director

Sport historian and director of the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sport, a library and archive of historical materials related to the Olympic Movement, exercise, strength and general sport.