Tim Chandler, Ph.D.



Contact Info

Burdick Hall, 121 E
Virtual office hours are available by appointment


Ph.D., Sport History, Stanford University, 1984

A.M., 19th Century English History, Stanford University, 1984

M.Sc., Sport Studies, Dalhousie University, 1981

Areas of Expertise

19th century British sport history
Sport and manliness/masculinity
Ethical issues in sport
Sport as education

Tim Chandler was appointed to the Towson University Sport Management faculty in the Department of Kinesiology in 2013 and begins full time teaching in the department in Spring, 2019. He has previously taught at Kent State University and Syracuse University and served as visiting professor at De Montfort University in the UK. His teaching interests include the historical and philosophical as well as the socio-cultural aspects of sport and physical culture. His research interests have developed from an original focus on the development of sport as an educational endeavor and enterprise, and specifically as a tool of moral education in 19th century England, to the broader notion that “sport builds character” – a credo often used currently to justify the value of sport and physical culture in educational institutions and settings worldwide.

Select Publications 

  • Nauright, J., & Chandler, Timothy J.L., (Eds.) Making Men: Rugby & Masculine Identity (London: Cass, 1996).

  •  Chandler, Timothy J.L., & Nauright, J., (Eds.) Making the Rugby World: Race, Gender, Commerce (London: Cass, 1999).

  • Magdalinski, T., & Chandler, Timothy J.L., (Eds.) With God on their Side: Sport in the Service of Religion (London: Routledge, 2002).

  • Chandler, Timothy J.L. “Muscular Catholicism” in T. Magdalinski & Timothy J.L. Chandler (Eds.) With God on their Side: Sport in the Service of Religion (London: Routledge, 2002) pp. 99-119.

  • Magdalinski, T., Schimmel, K.S. & Chandler, Timothy J.L. “Recapturing Olympic Mystique: The Corporate Invasion of the Classroom” in J.Nauright & K.S. Schimmel, (Eds.) The Political Economy of Sport (London: Palgrave, 2005) pp. 38-54.


  • Ethical Issues in Sport
  • 19th century British Sport History (Sport in Educational Institutions)
  • Muscular Christianity (Sport and Religion)