Office & Hours

Office: NEZ 5.700
Tuesday and Thursday: 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Wednesday: 12:30 - 2:30 PM
Or by Appointment
I'm in my office quite a bit outside of these times. If you swing by and I'm here I'll be glad to chat with you.



Courses of Instruction
KIN 349 – History of Sport and Physical Activity
KIN 226 – Advanced Weight Training
KIN 119 – Conditioning
PED 106C – Weight Training

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
403 East 23rd St.
Austin, Texas 78712
UT Mail Code: D3600

Full Vita
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A native Texan, Dr. Beckwith graduated with a B.A. in Biological Sciences, an M.Ed. in Sport Management, and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies-Sport History, all from the University of Texas at Austin. While in college, she was a three-time national collegiate powerlifting champion and national collegiate finalist in singles and doubles handball.




2006 - Ph.D.  The University of Texas at Austin.  

Dissertation Title: “Barbellism:  Alan Calvert, the Milo Bar-Bell Company, and the Modernization of American Weightlifting.”  


Representative Publications

Kim Beckwith and Jan Todd, “George Hackenschmidt vs. Frank Gotch—Media Representations and the World Wrestling Title of 1908,” Iron Game History 11(2) June 2010, p. 14-25.

Kim Beckwith, “Weight-lifting ‘as a sport, as a means of body building, and as a profession’: Alan Calvert’s The Truth About Weight-Lifting, Iron Game History 10 (4) January 2009, p. 22-33.

Kim Beckwith, Weight Training, Dubuque: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., 2008.

Kimberly Beckwith, “The Work of Louis Durlacher alias Professor Attila in the United States” Südwestdeutsche Turner in der Emigration, Annette Hofmann, editor, Schorndorf, 2004, p. 173-88.

 Kim Beckwith, “Thomas Jefferson ‘Stout’ Jackson:  Texas Strongman,” Iron Game History 3(2) January 1994, p. 8-15.

Research Interests and Expertise

Strength sports – powerlifting, weightlifting, strongman

History of exercise, strength training, physical culture

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