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Lars Dzikus, PhD



Associate Professor
Socio-Cultural Studies
HPER 335


RSM 335 Socio-Cultural Foundations of Sport & Recreation
RSM 337 Women in Sport: An International Perspective
SPST 504 History & Sociology of International Sport
SPST 507 History of Sport in America
SPST 515 Social Theories of Sport
SPST 542 Sociological Aspects of Sport


  • Sport and globalization (e.g., diffusion of American football to Europe)
  • Sport and religion (e.g., collegiate sport chaplains)
  • Sport and violence (e.g., sexual abuse in youth sport)


Undergraduate Exercise Science Universität Hamburg, Germany
MA Cultural Studies in Sport The Ohio State University (1998)
PhD Cultural Studies in Sport The Ohio State University (2005)

Dzikus is a member of the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH) and the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS). He has published in Sportwissenschaft, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, and The Sport Psychologist, among others. Dzikus serves as the department’s Director of Graduate Studies. He has received the department’s George F. Brady Teaching Award (2012), was a finalist for the Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award (2008), and received the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award from the American Association for Higher Education (2005). Dzikus has assisted German professional soccer teams visiting the United States as a translator and liaison. The teams included Hamburg SV, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, FC Nürnberg, and the women’s national team of Germany.



Dzikus, L. (2017). [Review of the book Living out of bounds: The male athlete’s everyday life, by Steven J. Overman]. Journal of Sport History, 44, 494-495.

Dzikus, L., Smith, A. B. & Evans, J. W. (2017). “What it means to be a ‘Lady’”: Defending the “Lady Vols” nickname and logo. Sociology of Sport Journal. 34(1), 35-45.

Dzikus L. (2017). Amerika: The Super Bowl and German imagination. The International Journal of the History of Sport, 34(1-2), 81-100.

Butler, B. N., & Dzikus, L. (2015). Sport labour migration: Understanding leisure activities of American professional basketball players abroad. Journal of Leisure Studies, 34(1), 67-81.

Wilson C. H., & Dzikus, L. (2013). NAKHE’s professional development opportunities as legacy leadership: An assessment. The Chronicle of Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education, 24(2), 26-31.

Dzikus, L., Fisher, L. A., & Hays, K. F. (2012). Shared responsibility: A case of and for “real life” ethical decision-making in sport psychology. The Sport Psychologist, 26, 519-539.

Dzikus, L. (2012). Shreds of memory: A first-person narrative of sexual acquaintance-exploitation in a youth sports experience. Athletic Insight, 14, 155-169.

Dzikus, L., Waller, S., & Hardin, R. (2012). Case studies of collegiate sport chaplains. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 36, 268-294.

Bemiller, J., Dzikus, L., Hardin, R., & Waller, S. (2012). Collegiate sports chaplains: Constitutional questions. Legal Issues in Collegiate Athletics, 12(9), 3-4.

Dzikus, L., Waller, S. N., & Hardin, R. (2011). Collegiate sport chaplaincy: Exploration of an emerging profession. Journal of Contemporary Athletics, 5(1), 21-41.


Fisher, L. A., & Dzikus, L. (2017). Bullying in sport and performance psychology. In E. Acevedo (Ed.), Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Psychology (pp. 1-24). New York: Oxford University Press. DOI:10.1093/acrefore/9780190236557.013.169

Waller, S., Hardin, R., Dzikus, L., & Bemiller, J. (2016). Finding the right key: An examination of global sport chaplaincy credentialing models and their implications for credentialing sport chaplains in the U.S. In A. Parker, N. J. Watson, and J. B. White (Eds.). Sport chaplaincy: Trends, issues and debates (pp. 146-157). Farnham, UK: Ashgate.

Wrisberg, C. A., & Dzikus, L. (2016). Sport psychology in the United States: A historical examination of two persistent tensions. In R. J. Schinke, K. R. McGannon & B. Smith (Eds.), The Routledge international handbook of sport psychology (pp. 20-35). New York: Routledge

Love, A., & Dzikus, L. (2013). Sport history. In S. P. Brown (Ed.), Fundamentals in kinesiology (pp. 72-83). Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt.

Dzikus, L. (2012). Professioneller Mannschaftssport in den USA—Struktur und Organisationsformen [Professional team sports in the USA: Structure and organizational forms]. In A. Hofmann (Ed.), Sport in den USA. (pp. 151-163) Münster, Germany: Waxmann.

Fisher, L. A., & Dzikus, L. (2010). Bullying and hazing in sport teams. In S. J. Hanrahan & M. B. Andersen (Eds.), Routledge handbook of applied sport psychology: A comprehensive guide for students and practitioners (pp. 355-364). New York: Routledge.

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