Workshop Participants

Jeffrey Lesser

Jeffrey Lesser is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Latin American History and Chair of the History Department at Emory University. His research focuses on issues of ethnicity and national identity. Lesser¿s newest book is Immigration, Ethnicity and National Identity in Brazil (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013).

Raanan Rein

Dr. Raanan Rein is the Elias Sourasky Professor of Latin American and Spanish History and Vice President of Tel Aviv University. He is also the Head of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies. Rein is the author and editor of more than twenty five books and several dozens of articles in academic journals. He is a member of Argentina's National Academy of History, and co-President of the Latin American Jewish Studies Association (LAJSA). The Argentine government awarded him the title of Commander in the Order of the Liberator San Martin for his contribution to Argentine culture.

David Sheinin

Dr. Sheinin is Professor of History at Trent University (Canada), Académico Correspondiente of the Academia Nacional de la Historia de la República Argentina, and Amigo de Eloísa of Eloísa Cartonera. For his most recent book, Consent of the Damned: Ordinary Argentinians in the Dirty War (University Press of Florida, 2012), he was awarded the Arthur P. Whitaker Prize. David¿s current proects include a history of boxing and society in Argentina, an edited book on Jews and Sport in the Americas )co-edited with Raanan Rein), and a history of Cold War Argentina. His intellectual better and then some, David¿s daughter Daniela is working on a PhD in History at the University of Michigan.

Brenda Elsey

Brenda Elsey is Associate Professor of history and director of Women's Studies at Hofstra University. She is the author of Citizens and Sportsmen: Fútbol and Politics in Twentieth Century Chile (University of Texas, 2011). Her most recent work includes the article, "Sport in Latin America," for Oxford University Press's World History of Sport (forthcoming, 2014) and " 'As the World is my Witness:' Popular Culture and the Transnational Chilean Solidarity Movement, 1974-1987," in Human Rights and Transnational Solidarity in Cold War Latin America (University of Wisconsin, 2013). She is currently working on two projects: one on women's football in the Southern Cone and the history of Pan-American Games.

Fernando Esquivel-Suárez

Fernando Esquivel-Suárez is a Doctoral Candidate in the Spanish Department at Emory University. His main research interest focuses on problems of race and nation in the massive migration of Spaniards to Argentina around 1910. Through the lens of the consumption of soccer, he also explores gendered and racial politics around Latino immigration to the United States. His background includes training in cultural studies and philosophy at Universidad Javeriana, in his hometown Bogotá - Colombia. He has been awarded the Mellow Teaching Fellowship and the On Recent Discoveries by Emory Researchers (ORDER). He is currently a visiting professor at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Alex Galarza (galarza.alex@gmail)

Alex is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at Michigan State University whose research examines soccer clubs and urban life in Buenos Aires during the 20th century. He is currently in Argentina conducting dissertation research made possible by a Fulbright IIE Award and a FIFA João Havelange Research Scholarship. He also the co-founder of the Football Scholars Forum, a soccer think-tank that collaborates online to discuss and develop fútbol scholarship. Finally, he co-edits, a blog and podcast for graduate students, by graduate students.

Chris Brown (

Chris is a PhD student in Latin American History at Emory University working on the history of sport, physical education, and urbanization in twentieth-century Manaus and Belém, the principal cities of the Brazilian Amazon. Through this research agenda, and with an eye on the upcoming FIFA World Cup, Chris hopes to better understand identity construction, cultural change, and associational life in modern Brazil. Chris completed an MSc in Latin American Studies at the University of Oxford in 2009 and spent two years with the British Council in Chile and China. His research has been supported by a Fulbright Postgraduate Student scholarship and the CLAH's James R. Scobie Memorial Award.

Courtney J. Campbell (

Courtney is a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department at Vanderbilt University. Her dissertation, "Inside Out: Region, Nation and Globalization in the Brazilian Northeast (1926-1968)," focuses on international events that involved mass participation and generated representations and transformations of regional identity in the Brazilian Northeast, including a World Cup match in Recife in 1950. Courtney is Director of the British Library Endangered Archives Programme Major Research Project "Digitising endangered seventeenth to nineteenth century secular and ecclesiastical sources in São João do Carirí and João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil," administered with students and faculty at Vanderbilt University and the Universidade Federal de Paraíba. Courtney served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Paraguayan Chaco and completed her Master's degree in Education at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco in Brazil. She has two B.A.s in French and in Spanish/International Studies from the University of Michigan-Flint.

Dominick Rolle (

Dominick is an interdisciplinary scholar and Ph.D. student in English Language and Literature at Emory University. His areas of research include 20th century and contemporary American and Afro-Diasporic literatures, literature of war, and gender studies. His current project explores the interconnections between the military and prison from the Spanish-American-Filipino-Cuban war through Vietnam in 20th century Afro-Cuban and African American autobiographies and novels. As a former U.S. Navy sailor who served during Operation Iraqi Freedom, he possesses a keen interest in illuminating the diverse needs of America¿s veterans in community-based organizations and the academy.

Ingrid Bolivar (

Ingrid is a Colombian researcher and Graduate student of history in the University of Wisconsin (Madison). After researching and publishing about political violence and state formation in twentieth century Colombia, I began to see the history of professional football and the trajectory of professional footballers as powerful sites to rethinking prevailing historical narratives about Colombia. In my research I show that through their sporting practices Colombian professional footballers have redefined both enduring regional identities and the role of popular sectors in Colombian public culture. Against some narratives focused exclusively on the impact of the narcotic trade on Colombian football, my study emphasizes processes of cross- class and racial cooperation and approaches footballers' achievements as results and sources of collective processes of popular self-assertion. The study begins in the late 60s and ends in the late 90s.

Jeffrey Richey (

Jeffrey Richey is a historian specializing in the social and cultural history of modern Latin America. His dissertation, "Playing at Nation: Soccer Competitions, Racial Ideology, and National Integration in Argentina, 1912-1931," explored the impact of organized soccer and the popular sports press in nation formation and the dissemination of certain racial ideologies in early twentieth-century Argentina. Broader research interests include sport and society, popular culture, race and racism, national identity, and regionalism. In 2013 he completed his PhD in History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as a two-year fellowship in Latin American Studies at Lehigh University. Beginning in Fall 2013 he will be assistant professor of Latin American History at Weber State University.

Jennifer Schaefer (

Jennifer is a doctoral candidate in Latin American History at Emory University (Atlanta, GA). She earned a Masters in Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago (Chicago, IL) in 2008, with a thesis focusing on representations of young people during Argentina's last military dictatorship (1976-1983). She holds a BA in History and Comparative Literature from Brown University (Providence, RI). Her research focuses on youth culture in late twentieth century Argentina, specifically association with the rock nacional movement, membership in university student groups, and participation in guerrilla organizations. Her research has been supported by a Tinker Field Research Grant at the University of Chicago, a James R. Scobie Award from the Conference on Latin American History and grants from Emory University.

Reid Gustafson (

Reid studied under historian of modern Colombia Dr. Charles Bergquist and earned a BA double majoring in history and in Latin American Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington in 1998. He studied under historian of colonial Peru Dr. Nancy van Deusen and earned an MA from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington in 2007. His MA Thesis is titled: "'We the Proletariat are People Too!': Gender Representation in the Mexico City Anarchist and Labor Press, 1917-1922." Reid is currently studying under historian of modern Mexico Dr. Mary Kay Vaughn as a PhD Candidate at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. His work-in-progress dissertation is titled "'He Loves the Little Ones and Doesn't Beat Them': Working-Class Masculinity in Mexico City, 1917-1929." Part of his dissertation explores the relationship between masculinity and working-class fitness and sports practices, including boxing, football, baseball, and basketball.

Rwany Sibaja (

Rwany is a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of History at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC). Prior to his appointment at UMBC, Rwany worked as a graduate research assistant at George Mason University's Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media while completing his dissertation, which shows how fútbol was a privileged venue in Argentina for negotiating social anxieties between 1955 and 1970. He previously served as a high school educator, social studies curriculum director, and soccer coach in North Carolina. Sibaja contributed several essays for Sports Around the World: History, Culture, and Practice and co-authored an article on key Argentine figures in World Cup history. He has presented on digital tools in the classroom, and soccer in Argentina, at the Latin American Studies Association Conference, the American Historical Association Meetings, and the Sport and the Global South Conference at GMU.

Stephen Allen (

Stephen is a Lecturer in History at Boise State University. He received his PhD from Rutgers University in May 2013. His dissertation focused on Mexican boxing in the years between World War II and the Debt Crisis of 1982 and examined the sport through the lenses of masculinity, modernity, and nationalism. His research interests center around investigating issues pertaining to identity and popular cultural activities. His research has been supported by Fulbright-Hays and Mellon grants. He has taught courses on World, Latin American, and Mexican History and would like to someday teach a course on the Global History of Sport.