Toby C. Rider Toby C. Rider, PhD

Associate professor

Location: KHS 129
Telephone: (657) 278-7129


Advising Area:
Sport History/Sociocultural Study of Sport/Sport Studies

Courses Taught:
KNES 380: Philosophy of Human Movement
KNES 381: History of Sport, Games and Culture
KNES 384: The Sociology of Sport
KNES 481: The Sociocultural Study of the Olympic Games: Ancient to Modern
KNES 582: Advanced Study in Sociocultural Perspectives of Human Movement

Dr. Toby C. Rider was born and raised in East Sussex, England.  He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Birmingham and his Master’s degree at the University of Brighton.  He followed this by completing a Ph.D. in the sociocultural study of sport and exercise at The University of Western Ontario in London, Canada.  Toby has published multiple articles in peer reviewed journals, contributed several chapters to scholarly books, and presented his research at numerous conferences.  He is the author of   Cold War Games: Propaganda, the Olympics, and U.S. Foreign Policy   (University of Illinois Press, 2016) and co-editor of   Defending the American Way of Life: Sport, Culture, and the Cold War   (University of Arkansas Press, 2018).  In addition to this, Toby is the Co-Director of the Center for Sociocultural Sport and Olympic Research.   

Interest Area:
Toby specializes in the history of sport in the Cold War era with particular emphasis on international relations, ideology, propaganda, diplomacy, South Africa, and the dynamic political role of the Olympic Movement

Current projects:
He is currently focusing on British sporting relations with South Africa during the Apartheid era.