Fields of Interest: African History (Modern East Africa), Sports History, and History of Education & Pedagogy
Advisor: Laura Fair
Committee: Laura Fair, Walter Hawthorne, Peter Alegi, Bethany Wilinski
Research Language(s): Swahili
Educational Background: B.A. – History, Loyola University, N.O. (2004)
Research/Teaching Appointment (’18-’19): Fall, 2018 – Research Assistant for Dr. Laura Fair; Spring, 2019 – TBA
Dawson McCall is a third year Ph.D. student in East African sports and educational history with research interests in the historical development of Kenyan distance running and secondary education. Secondary areas of interest include the teaching of history in secondary educational settings and the relationship between sports, politics, community building, and human achievement. He is currently engaged in dissertation research on the history of St. Patrick’s High School in Iten, Kenya and its role in the development of the town of Iten as the center of Kenya’s running culture.
He comes to MSU after ten years of teaching high school history and political science, as well as nine years of coaching basketball, cross country, and track.