Janice 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: M 4 - 5 PM, Th 2 - 4:30 PM 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 September 2011, Dr. Todd was named a Fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology for her many contributions to the field of Kinesiology. In 2013 she received the Honor Award from the North American Society for Sport History for her 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. 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.