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, popular culture, and social change. In 2016 I 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 study of the role of digital technology in South(ern) African history writing, teaching, archiving, and public engagement.
I teach courses on South Africa, Africa, and global football, and supervise 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 as an editor of African Studies Review, and as a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of African Historical Studies and African Studies. On the public/digital scholarship front, I host the Africa Past and Present podcast with Peter Limb; co-direct the Football Scholars Forum, and blog at Footballiscominghome.
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.
Follow me on Twitter at @futbolprof.