Physical Culture and Sport Studies

Department of  Kinesiology and Health Education

Associate Professor Thomas Hunt with Ph.D. students in the Stark Center

Pursue a Ph.D. in Physical Culture and Sport Studies to prepare for an academic career as a faculty member in Kinesiology and Health Education or another academic field with a research focus in sport and physical culture history, sport policy, and/or sport management. This program brings together the disciplines of sport history, history of physical culture and exercise science, sport and international relations, and sport economics. 

Students admitted to the doctoral program take the basic core courses for the degree and then choose additional courses to develop the research methods and subject knowledge needed to become an academic expert in their research area.

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Associate Professor

Examines the intersection of sport and international political history.

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Associate Professor

Studies managerial economics in sport relating to the market power of pro sports leagues under three primary branches: industrial organization, labor markets, and public policy and economic development.

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Associate Professor

The History and Philosophy of the Body, Sport, and Physical Culture from Ancient Greece to the Present

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Department Chair

Specializes in the history of strength and conditioning, doping, women and sport, and history of physical culture.

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Assistant Professor of Instruction

Teaches courses on sport history and strength and conditioning. Research focuses on physical culture history.

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Associate Professor of Instruction

Examines the management of systems for athlete development, including how different sport settings influence performance and participation over the lifespan. Focuses on re-imagining the youth sport experience, with a specific interest in the developm...

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Adjunct Professor

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

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Associate Professor of Instruction

Studies the historical, philosophical, sociocultural, and political dimensions of sport and physical culture.

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The history of physical culture, strength and conditioning, and sports medicine.

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Program Director
Thomas Hunt

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