I’m the author of Laduma! Soccer, Politics & Society in South Africa and African Soccerscapes: How a Continent Changed the World’s Game, and co-editor (with Chris Bolsmann) of Africa’s World Cup: Critical Reflections on Play, Patriotism, Spectatorship, and Space and South Africa and the Global Game.
My publications include articles and chapters in scholarly journals and collections, and a 2016 special issue of Radical History Review titled “Historicizing the Politics and Pleasure of Sports” (co-edited with Brenda Elsey). My current research project is a wide ranging study of the role of digital technology in South(ern) African history writing, teaching, and public engagement.
I teach surveys and seminars on South Africa, Africa, and global football, and supervise several PhD students. At MSU I have received the Fintz Award for Teaching Excellence in the Arts and Humanities, the ISS Teaching Excellence Award in the Social Sciences, and the Sullivan Teaching Excellence Award (twice). In 2010 I was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where I hold the title of Research Associate, and gave the 17th Alan Paton Memorial Lecture.
As Director of Digital History Projects at Matrix, I’m engaged in a number of digital initiatives and host the Africa Past and Present podcast with Peter Limb; blog at Footballiscominghome; and co-direct the Football Scholars Forum with Alex Galarza.
I am Editor of the “African History and Culture Series” at Michigan State University Press. Starting in 2018, I will serve as an editor of African Studies Review. I am also a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of African Historical Studies, African Studies, and Soccer and Society.
My media appearances include: National Public Radio, BBC, BBC World Service, France24, Radio France International, SABC, Radio Democracy (Senegal), China Radio International, TBSeFM (South Korea), New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Time, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, National Geographic, Le Monde, Liberation, Monocle 24 Radio, Il Messaggero, El Siglo de Europa, Veja, among others. Follow me on Twitter at @futbolprof.