Peter Alegi

Office: 160D Old Hort


I am the author of Laduma! Soccer, Politics & Society in South Africa and African Soccerscapes: How a Continent Changed the World’s Game, and co-editor of Africa’s World Cup and South Africa and the Global Game. My recent work has been published in the Journal of Southern African Studies, the International Journal of the History of Sport, and Radical History Review, as well as in edited books like Sports in Africa and Global Africa. Currently, I am writing a book on podcasting in African Studies.

I teach a variety of surveys and seminars on South Africa (HST 364), Africa (HST 208, 484), and global fútbol (HST 397). I supervise several PhD students, most of whom work on 19th- and 20th-century South(ern) African history. I have received several teaching awards at MSU, such as 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).

On the public scholarship front, I host the Africa Past and Present podcast (with Peter Limb, 2008-2017) and convene the Football Scholars Forum, an online think tank launched in 2010. My media appearances include National Public Radio, China Global Television Network, BBC World Service, France24, Radio France International, SABC (South Africa), Radio Democracy (Senegal), China Radio International, New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, USA Today, National Geographic, Le Monde, Liberation, and Veja.

I am Series Editor of Michigan State University Press’s “African History and Culture Series.”  I serve on the Executive Board of the Sports Africa Network and on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of African Historical Studies and African Studies. I am also a past Editor of African Studies Review, the journal of the U.S. African Studies Association.