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Janice S Todd

Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, College of Education
Professor, Center for Women's and Gender Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Phone: +1 512 471 0993, +1 512 471 0995

Jan Todd, the Roy J. McLean Fellow in Sport History, is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at The University of Texas at Austin. Todd serves as the undergraduate advisor for her department, directs the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Sport Studies; serves on the Sport Management faculty; and teaches classes in sport history, sport philosophy, and sport and ethics.

Jan Todd, and her husband, Terry Todd, are the founders and co-directors of the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports on the campus of UT-Austin. (> The Stark Center contains the largest archive in the world devoted to the study of physical fitness, resistance training, and alternative medicine. The collection, put together by the Todds is regularly used by on-campus and visiting scholars and by Todds sport history Ph.D. students. The new facility which will open in the Fall of 2009 will cover 27,500 square feet of space and contains museum exhibits as well as a research library and archive. The Stark Center was made possible by a 3.5 million dollar grant received from the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation of Orange, Texas, and by a two million dollar grant from the Joe Weider Foundation of Los Angeles, California. 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.

Todds research focuses on the history of exercise, particularly related to strength and conditioning, doping and ergogenic aids, and the history of sports medicine. 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. Todd lectures frequently and, in 2008 was the Seward Staley Honor Lecturer for the North American Society for Sport History.

Todds interest in the academic study of sport and exercise grew from her personal involvement in the sport of powerlifting. In the 1970s and early 1980s, Todd was considered by both Sports Illustrated and the Guinness Book of Records to be the strongest woman in the world. Todd set world records in five bodyweight classes during her 12-year powerlifting career and was the first woman inducted into the International Powerlifting Hall of Fame. She was also inducted in the first class of the Womens Powerlifting Hall of Fame (2005), and received the 2008 Oscar Heidenstam Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award (in Great Britain) for her contributions in the field of physical fitness. In March of 2009, she will be inducted into the National (US) Fitness Hall of Fame for her work as a pioneering athlete and educator.


Women and Sport; weightlifting bodybuilding women and exercise history of physical culture; Arts & Humanities