I am the author of African Soccerscapes: How a Continent Changed the World’s Game (2010) and Laduma! Soccer, Politics, and Society in South Africa (2004; 2nd ed. 2010), as well as many journal articles and chapters in scholarly collections. I have co-edited two collections with Chris Bolsmann: South Africa and the Global Game (2010) and Africa’s World Cup: Critical Reflections on Play, Patriotism, Spectatorship, and Space (University of Michigan Press, April 2013). Building on my interests in social history, gender, and popular culture, I am pursuing new research on community beauty pageants in apartheid South Africa.
I teach graduate and undergraduate courses on Africa, South Africa, and global football/sport. I received the Fintz Award for Teaching Excellence in the Arts and Humanities in 2010 and the Sullivan Teaching Excellence Award in 2012. As Director of Digital History Projects for the History Department and Matrix, I am actively involved in digital initiatives, including the Africa Past and Present podcast (with Peter Limb); the Footballiscominghome blog; and the Football Scholars Forum, an online fútbol think tank. I serve on the editorial boards of the International Journal of African Historical Studies and African Studies, and as book review editor for Soccer and Society.
My radio and TV appearances include: National Public Radio, BBC, France24, Radio France International, SABC, Radio Democracy (Senegal), China Radio International, and TBSeFM (South Korea). I have been interviewed by the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Time, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, National Geographic, Le Monde, Liberation, Il Messaggero, El Siglo de Europa, Veja and others. In 2010 I was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of KwaZulu-Natal where I gave the 17th Alan Paton Memorial Lecture.