Janice S. (Jan) Todd
Professor, Co-Director H. J. Lutcher Stark Center
Office & Hours
Office: NEZ 5.700
Other hours by appointment.
Courses of Instruction
KIN 347 Historical and
Ethical Issues in Physical Culture and Sport
KIN 349 History of Sport and Physical Activity
KIN 351 Philosophy of Sport and Physical Activity
KIN 395 Sport and Ethics
KIN 395 Critical Issues in American Sport History
KIN 395 History of Physical Culture and Alternative Medicine
The University of Texas at Austin
Stark Center, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
NEZ 5.700; 403 East 23rd Street
Austin, Texas 78712-1415
UT Mail Code: D3600
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.
1995 Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin -- American Civilization Program
Jan Todd and Michael O'Brien, "Breaking the Physique Barrier: Steve Reeves and the Promotion of Hercules," Iron Game History: The Journal of Physical Culture, 12(4) (August 2014): 8-29.
Thomas M. Hunt and Janice S. Todd, “Powerlifting’s Watershed: Frantz v. United States Powerlifting, the Legal Case that Changed the Nature of a Sport,” in Samuel Regalado and Sarah Fields, Sport and the Law: Historical and Cultural Intersections, (University of Arkansas Press, In Press, 2015).
Florian Hemme and Jan Todd, “Beyond the Hack Squat: George Hackenschmidt’s Forgotten Legacy as a Strength-Training Pioneer,” Iron Game History: the Journal of Physical Culture 12, 3(August 2013): 3-18.
Dominic G. Morais and Jan Todd, “Lifting the Iron Curtain, Paul Anderson and the Cold War’s First Sports Exchange,” Iron Game History: the Journal of Physical Culture 12, 2(February/March 2013): 16-39.
Todd, Terry and Jan Todd, “The Science of Reps: The Strength Training Contributions of Dr. Richard A. Berger,” Iron Game History: the Journal of Physical Culture 12, 2(February/March 2013): 12-15.
Janice S. Todd, Jason P. Shurley and Terry Todd, “Thomas L. DeLorme and the Science of Progressive Resistance Exercise, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Scheduled for November 2012. This article was honored by the NSCA with the “Scientific Manuscript Excellence Honor: Dr. Gary A. Dudley Memorial Paper.”
Jason Shurley and Janice S. Todd, "The Strength of Nebraska": Boyd Epley, Husker Power, and the Formation of the Strength Coaching Profession, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 26, 12(December 2012): 3177-3188.
Jason P. Shurley and Janice S. Todd, “Boxing Lessons: An Historical Review of Chronic Head Trauma in Boxing and Football,”Kinesiology Review 1, 3(August 2012): 170-184.
- 2013 recipient of the North American Society for Sport History Honor Award for Contributions to the Field of Sport History.
- 2013 Featured in Longhorn Network’s Game Changers highlighting the achievements of UT faculty.
- 2013 Dean’s Fellow for College of Education
- 2012 recipient of the NSCA's “Scientific Manuscript Excellence
Award: Dr. Gary A. Dudley Memorial Paper: for: Janice S. Todd, Jason P. Shurley
and Terry Todd, “Thomas L. DeLorme and the Science of
Progressive Resistance Exercise, Journal of Strength and
Conditioning Research, November 2012.
Current Research Projects and Grants
2013-2014 $400,000 from Joe Weider Foundation (Completion of earlier pledge; with Terry Todd).
May 2014 $2500 from Sorinex Equipment Company to support Stark Center operations.
2012-2014 Co-PI with Roger Farrar, City of Austin, “Remedial Strength Training Program for Austin Fire Department Training Academy Applicants,” OSP Number, 201301269. Total Amount, $39,000.
2012 & 2013 $80,000 grant from UT Athletics to support Digital Imaging Project at Stark Center.
2012 $10,000 grant from University of Texas, President’s Office, to support Bill Bradley Symposium. (With Terry Todd)
2010 $100,000 grant from Joe and Teresa Lozano Long of Austin, Texas, to support support Stark Center. (With Terry Todd)
2010 Humanities Texas, $4,000 grant to support 1968 Olympic Team project (with Thomas Hunt)
2009 $2,000,000 from The Nelda C. & H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation to support additional construction at the H. J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports [With Terry Todd].
2008 $1,000,000 from Joe and Betty Weider Foundation for H. J. Lutcher Stark Center. [With Terry Todd].
2008 $107,000 gift from Hoffman Foundation of Dallas, Texas to support Stark Center. [With Terry Todd].
2008 $51,000 grant from National Strength and Conditioning Association to support graduate students studying the history of strength and conditioning.
2008 $27,961 grant from City of Austin for Remedial Strength Training for Austin Fire Department Academy Applicants.
2006 $3,500,000 grant from the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation of Orange, Texas [with Terry Todd]. This grant was formally accepted by the Board of Regents at its November 2006 meeting and the funds from this grant were used to build Phase One the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports in the North End Zone Building.
Research Interests and Expertise
History of Physical Culture, Sport and Ethics, History of Sport Medicine, Doping
Boards, Committees and Associations
- Editor, Iron Game History: The Journal of Physical Culture
- Member, Site and Time Committee, North American Society for Sport History