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 (with Chris Bolsmann) of Africa’s World Cup and South Africa and the Global Game.
My publications include journal articles and book chapters on African sport, culture, and social change. In 2016 I co-edited a special issue of Radical History Review titled “Historicizing the Politics and Pleasure of Sports”. My current research projects include a study of the role of digital technology in South(ern) African history writing, teaching, archiving, and public engagement.
I teach a variety of courses on South Africa, Africa, and global football, and am deeply engaged in training PhD students. I have received several MSU teaching awards, including 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).
I am Founding Editor of Michigan State University Press’s “African History and Culture Series.” I serve on the Executive Board of the Sports Africa Network and the Editorial Board of the International Journal of African Historical Studies and African Studies. From 2018-2020, I was an an editor of African Studies Review, the official journal of the U.S. African Studies Association.
I host the Africa Past and Present podcast, which I founded with Peter Limb in 2008 and coordinate the Football Scholars Forum since 2010. My media appearances include, among others, National Public Radio, BBC World Service, France24, Radio France International, SABC, Radio Democracy (Senegal), China Radio International, New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, USA Today, National Geographic, Le Monde, Liberation, and Veja.
In 2010 I was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where I hold the title of Honorary Research Associate, and gave the 17th Alan Paton Memorial Lecture.
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