The Carter G. Woodson Institute, U.Va.

The Carter G. Woodson Institute

for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia


I received my PhD from the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University in 2019. While at the Woodson, I will be working on my manuscript, tentatively titled, “Black Teamwork: Football, Diaspora, Politics,” which analyzes how black footballers across the African diaspora used football (soccer) as a site of black politics and solidarity. Using two original concepts, namely, black teamwork and the coloniality of sport, I argue that black footballers of the African diaspora unsettled the racial and colonial constitution of modern sport. While the “coloniality of sport” is the establishment of sporting hierarchies that privileges whiteness through the subordination and disciplining of blackness, “black teamwork” consists of the decolonial formations of black sporting subjects (players and administrators) that critique, unsettle, and reveal the coloniality of sport, and football in particular. By interrogating a variety of diasporic spaces during a range of post-colonial contexts—the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in the 1960s, Howard University soccer team in the 1970s, Corinthian Democracy Football Club in 1980s Brazil, and the Dutch National football team during the 1990s—I argue that black populations have used football as a vehicle to make political claims against colonial practices of exclusion, and create fields of diasporic conviviality that exceed the anti-black sensibilities of the nation-state. 

First Name: 
Post-Doctoral (African American Studies)
Northwestern University
Dissertation Title: 
“Black Teamwork: Football, Diaspora, Politics"