Peter Alegi

alegi_profile_smI am a historian of late 19th- and 20th-century South Africa. My work focuses on the relationships between popular culture, politics, and social change.

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.

I’ve also published articles and chapters in scholarly journals and collections, and recently co-edited (with Brenda Elsey) a special issue of Radical History Review titled “Historicizing the Politics and Pleasure of Sports.” 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 gave the 17th Alan Paton Memorial Lecture.

As Director of Digital History Projects at Matrix, I’m deeply engaged in individual and collaborative digital research, teaching, and outreach. I 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; Editorial Board member at the International Journal of African Historical Studies and African Studies; and book review editor for Soccer and Society.

Local, national, and international media appearances include: National Public Radio, BBC, BBC World Service, France24, Radio France International, SABC, Radio Democracy (Senegal), China Radio International, TBSeFM (South Korea), Monocle 24 Radio, New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Time, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, National Geographic, Le Monde, Liberation, Il Messaggero, El Siglo de Europa, Veja, among others.

Office: 160A Old Hort
Tel: 517-884-4877
Twitter: @futbolprof

Curriculum Vitae

Book Cover Laduma! Book Cover African Soccerscapes: How a Continent Changed the World's GameBook Cover Africa's World Cup: Critical Reflections on play, patriotism, spectatorship, and spaceBook Cover South Africa and the Global Game: Football Apartheid and beyond