Ted Butryn, Ph.D.



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Ted Butryn 


Professor Bio

Dr. Ted Butryn completed his Ph.D. in sport psychology and cultural studies at the University of Tennessee. Since arriving at SJSU in 2000, he has taught a variety of courses in the graduate (sport sociology, qualitative research methods), undergraduate (psychology of coaching, sport sociology), and general education (diversity, stress, & health, stress management) programs.  Broadly speaking, his academic life involves the intersection between sport sociology, sport psychology, and cultural studies, and thus most of his work comes from an interdisciplinary (or transdisciplinary) perspective.  His main areas of research include the relationship between sport, technology, and the body, the subcultures of mixed martial arts and pro wrestling, doping in sport, and white racism and privilege in sport.  He has published over 30 refereed journal articles and book chapters, and given over 50 national and international conference presentations.  In 2003 he won the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport’s Outstanding Article award, and he was the recipient of the 2010 SJSU College of Applied Sciences and Arts Dean’s Scholar Award. In 2009, along with colleagues Jay Johnson and Matthew Masucci, he was the PI of a 2-year World Anti-Doping Agency grant that examined how elite, female triathletes come to know about various forms of doping and the anti-doping movement.  Finally, he was a 2012 Salzburg Fellow, and along with Dr. Matthew Masucci, he co-directs the department’s Qualitative Research Lab. Outside of his academic pursuits, Dr. Butryn was a member of the University of Tennessee track and cross-country teams, and he continues to advocate for healthy, active lifestyles.



Ph.D. University of Tennessee - Education (Emphasis in Sport Psychology & Cultural Studies).       

M.A. San José State University - Societal Studies (Emphasis in Sport Psychology).

B.S. University of Tennessee - Sport Psychology.


Expertise, Research & Teaching Interests

My original area of focus was sport psychology, with an undergraduate thesis on the evolution of an eco-sport psychology, and a master’s thesis that examined the thoughts and cognitions of female distance runners in park and urban settings. During my doctoral program at Tennessee, I became interested in the lived experiences of athletes and exercisers, and thus turned my attention to various qualitative methodologies to answer my eclectic research questions. My first ever qualitative study was on the perceptions and experiences of college athletes with tattoos, and subsequently, I completed my dissertation on the technological life histories of elite track and field athletes. Currently, I continue research on cyborg sport, the psychology and sociology of mixed martial arts and the subculture of pro wrestling, doping in sport, and whiteness in sport.


Courses Taught

KIN 69 - Stress Management

KIN 164 - Sociocultural Perspectives (Sport Sociology)

KIN 168 – Psychology of Coaching

KIN 251 – Fundamentals of Qualitative Research

KIN 264 – Advanced Sport Sociology


Selected Publications

Butryn, T. M., LaVoi, N. M., Kauer, K. J., Semerjian, T. Z., & Waldron, J. J. (2014). We walk the line: An analysis of the problems and possibilities of working at the sport psychology-sport sociology nexus. Sociology of Sport Journal, 31, 162-184.

Johnson, J. A., Butryn, T. M., & Masucci, M. A. (2013). A focus group analysis of the US and Canadian female triathletes' knowledge of doping. Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics, 16, 1-18.

Masucci, M. A., & Butryn, T. M. (2013). Writing about fighting: A critical content analysis of newspaper coverage of the Ultimate Fighting Championship from 1993-2006. Journal of Sports Media, 1, 19-44.

Jones, A., & Butryn, T. M., Furst, D. M., & Semerjian, T. Z. (2013). A phenomenological examination of depression in female Division-I athletes. Athletic Insight: The Online Journal of Sport Psychology, 5, 1-19.

Jeffery, K. J., & Butryn, T. M. (2012). Motivation of marathoners in a caused-based training program. Journal of Sport Behavior, 35, 300-319.

Clegg, J., & Butryn, T. M. (2012). A phenomenological examination of parkour and freerunning. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 4, 1-21.

Butryn, T. M. (2012). Global smackdown: Vince McMahon, WWE, and neoliberalism. In. D. Andrews (Ed.) Sport and neoliberalism (pp. 280-293). New York: Temple Press.

Butryn, T. M. (2010). Interrogating whiteness in sport psychology. In T. Ryba, R. Shinke, & G. Tennebaum (Eds.). The cultural turn in sport and exercise psychology (pp. 127-152). Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology.

Butryn, T.M., & Masucci, M. A. (2009). Traversing the Matrix: Cyborg athletes, technology, and the environment. Journal of Sport & Social Issues, 33, 285-307


Selected Presentations

Butryn, T. M., LaVoi, N., & Schmidt, J. (2014). A media analysis of UFC women’s champ Ronda Rousey. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the North American Society for the Society of Sport, Minneapolis, MN.

Butryn, T. M. & Semerjian, T. Z. (2012, November). The aging cyborg collective: A focus group examination of senior exercisers’ perceptions and experiences of the body and technology. Paper presented at the meeting of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, New Orleans, LA.  

Butryn, T. M. (2011, November). Cyborg sport and the taken-for-granted biomedical imperative. Invited, refereed President’s Panel Presentation. North American Society for the Society of Sport, Minneapolis, MN.

Masucci, M. A., Butryn, T. M., & Johnson, J. A. (2011, November). An examination of doping knowledge among world-class professional female triathletes. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the North American Society for the Society of Sport, Minneapolis, MN.


Undergraduate/Graduate Student Research Supervision

Matt Crockett: A spatial ethnography of a Cross-Fit gym

Sophia Arenas: A qualitative examination of low-SES high school females athletes perceptions of parental involvement

Matt Bejar: An analysis of coping with injury among low-SES DI athletes

Kate Mahoney: A qualitative examination of motivation among female, D-III athletes

Alyson Jones: A phenomenological examination of depression in female Division-I athletes

Jennifer Clegg: An existential phenomenological qualitative analysis of elite parkour athletes

Seongkwang Cho: A mixed methods study on golf putting, imagery, and music

Karin Jeffrey: Motivation of marathoners in a caused-based training program


Professional Affiliations

North American Society for the Sociology of Sport

Association for Applied Sport Psychology

Editorial Boards: Sociology of Sport Journal, Athletic Insight, Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise & Health

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