John Milton Hoberman

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John Milton Hoberman is an American author. He is a Professor at the University of Texas at Austin as well as the chair of the Department of Germanic Studies. His work focuses on sports and culture.

Dr. Hoberman in class
Dr. Hoberman greeting students before his "Bad Blood" class, which featured texts from Darwin's Athletes and Testosterone Dreams.

He is a European cultural and intellectual historian, who has interests in Sportwissenschaft and the history of racial ideas. He has published nearly one hundred sports articles and books in American newspapers and magazines and in Der Spiegel. As he is fluent in Scandinavian languages as well as German, he was e.g. co-editor for the North American sport historians of their special issue on 'German sports history.[1]


  • Sport and Political Ideology (1984)
  • The Olympic Crisis: Sport, Politics, and the Moral Order (1986)
  • John Hoberman & Arnd Krüger (eds.). Journal of sport history 17(2) 1990 (Special Issue: 'German sports historiography')
  • Darwin's Athletes: How Sport Has Damaged Black America and Preserved the Myth of Race; published in 1997 by Mariner Books,
  • Mortal Engines: the Science of Performance and the Dehumanization of Sport published by Free Press, ISBN 978-0-02-914765-8 ISBN 0029147654
  • Testosterone Dreams, Publisher: Univ of California Press, 2006, ISBN 0-520-24822-8


  1. ^ John Hoberman & Arnd Krüger (eds.). Journal of sport history 17(2) 1990