Janice (Jan) S Todd
Professor, Center for Women's and Gender Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Phone: +1 512 471 0993, +1 512 471 0995
Office: NEZ 5.700
Office Hours: Monday 2-4 or by appointment
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Jan Todd, Fellow in the Roy J. McLean Fellowship in Sport History, is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas at Austin. Todd directs the Ph.D. program in Physical Culture and Sport Studies and the Sport Management graduate and undergraduate programs. She teaches courses in: The History of Sport and Physical Activity, Critical Issues in American Sport History, Sport Philosophy, Sport and Ethics, Historical and Ethical Issues in Physical Culture and Sport and the History of Physical Culture and Alternative Medicine. In 2015, Todd was elected to the presidency of the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH) and will serve as NASSH president until May 2019. In September 2011, Dr. Todd was also named a Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology for her many contributions to the field of the field of Kinesiology. She was similarly recognized in 2011 by NASSH and was given their Honor Award for her many, and varied contributions to the field of Sport History
Jan Todd, with her husband, Terry Todd, are the founders and co-directors of the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center, the largest archive in the world devoted to the study of physical culture, sport, resistance training, and alternative medicine. The collection, housed at UT-Austin, is regularly used by on-campus and visiting scholars and by Todd's Ph.D. students. Todd also serves as co-editor of Iron Game History: The Journal of Physical Culture, a scholarly periodical exploring the history of exercise and physical fitness founded by the Todds in 1990.
Todd's research focuses on the history of exercise, particularly the history of strength and the history of doping. She has written two books: Physical Culture and the Body Beautiful: Purposive Exercise in the Lives of American Women (Mercer University Press, 1998), and (with Terry Todd) Lift Your Way to Youthful Fitness (Little-Brown, 1985), the first popular book to argue that weight training could be used to offset the aging process. She is currently working on a third book project with Jason Shurley and Terry Todd on the history of strength coaching in America. In addition, Todd has written more than a hundred articles in popular and scholarly journals on various aspects of sport and exercise history, anabolic steroids, strength training, and exercise. She also served as a producer and historical consultant for the 2016 documentary Stoneland about the strength traditions of Scotland. The video is available on Youtube.