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Derek Catsam

Department of History
History Program
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History Program

Department of History


BA, Williams College
MA, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
PhD, Ohio University 

Research Interests

Dr. Catsam’s work is on race and politics in the US and southern Africa. He also write about sports, politics, and social issues.

Courses Taught

Dr. Catsam teaches courses on Modern US, South Africa, and African History as well as courses on Global and American Sports. 

Current Publications


Beyond the Pitch: The Spirit, Culture and Politics of Brazil’s 2014 World Cup (Seattle: Amazon WGP, 2014) Amazon White Glove Kindle Single.

Freedom’s Main Line: The Journey of Reconciliation and the Freedom Rides (Lexington:  University Press of Kentucky, 2009; Paperback 2011)

Recent Articles: 

“A reminder of abilities never fully tapped,” Preface (“Viewpoint”) for Heindrich Wyngaard, Bursting Through the Half-Gap:The Story of Errol Tobias, South Africa’s First Black Springbok: Trailblazer or Traitor? (Melville, Johanesburg: Dickie and Bugler, 2017).

“‘The Creation of a Frustrated People’: Race, Education, the Teaching of History and South African Historiography in the Apartheid Era,” in Amos Morris-Reich and Dirk Rupnow, Eds. Ideas of ‘Race’ in the History of the Humanities Palgrave Critical Studies in Antisemitism and Racism, (London/New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

“The Great Gift of Low Expectations: South Africa and the World Cup,” World History Bulletin, Vol. XXXIII, No. 1, Spring 2017.

The African Drum, Bantu World, and South Africa-United States Transnational Linkages, 1949-1954,” in Toyin Falola and Cacee Hoyer, Eds. Human Rights, Race, and Resistance in Africa and the African Diaspora (New York and London: Routledge, 2017). Finalist for the 2017 Ronald T. and Gayla D. Farrar Award in Media & Civil Rights History.

“The Replacements,” in David V. Moskowitz, Ed. The 100 Greatest Bands of All Time: A Guide to the Legends Who Rocked the World (Santa Barbara: Greenwood, 2015)

“Beyond Vietnam and Watergate: Rethinking the 1970s,” Bibliographic Essay, CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, October 2015.

“The Ambivalence of Forgiveness: Dirk Coetzee, Eugene De Kock, and South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” in Dialogues on Historical Justice and Memory Network Working Papers Series, #5, Columbia University, January 2015.

“Civil Rights,” in Marc J. Selverstone, (Ed.) A Companion to John F. Kennedy Wiley Blackwell Companions to American History (Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014)

Current Projects

Dr. Catsam is working on books on bus boycotts in the US and Southern Africa in the 1940s and 1950s (under contract with University of Georgia Press) and on the 1981 Springbok rugby tours and anti-apartheid sporting politics.

Last Updated: 11/20/2019
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