Derek Charles Catsam Professor of History and Kathlyn Cosper Dunagan Fellow in the Humanities University of Texas of the Permian Basin,; Senior Research Associate, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa

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Derek Charles Catsam -- Professor of History and Kathlyn Cosper Dunagan Fellow in the Humanities University of Texas of the Permian Basin,; Senior Research Associate, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa

Dept. of History, UTPB, 4901 East University Blvd., Odessa, TX 79762

Ph: (o) 432-552-2311


The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Full Professor, September 2015-present; Associate Professor 2008-2015; Assistant Professor, July 2004-August 2008,

Minnesota State University, Mankato, Assistant Professor, August 2002-December 2003, (Also Program Faculty in the Ethnic Studies Program). 

Ph.D. Ohio University, Contemporary History Institute, Athens, OH.  March 2003.

Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, Rotary Int’l Ambassadorial Scholarship, 1997.

M.A. University of North Carolina at Charlotte. May 1996.

B.A. Williams College, Williamstown, MA. June 1993.


Recent Books/Manuscripts:

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). Issued in paperback, June 2011.

Bleeding Red: A Red Sox Fan’s Diary of the 2004 Season. (Washington, DC: New Academia/Vellum Press, October 2005)

Editor and author of introduction to “Remembering Bernard Magubane: A Roundtable,” Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies, Vol. 16, No. 2, April 2015.

Co-editor with Jeff Woods of a Special Issue of Safundi: The Journal of South Africa and American Studies on the theme of “Southern Identity: Geography, Culture, and History in the Making of the American South,” Volume 9, Issue 3, July 2008.

In Progress:

"When We Are Tired We Shall Rest": Bus Boycotts in the US and South Africa. Under Contract, University of Georgia Press.
Select Recent Articles and Chapters:

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)

“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)
“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)
“Go Amabokoboko! Rugby, Race, Madiba and the Invictus Creation Myth of a New South Africa,” in Nigel Eltringham, Ed., Framing Africa: Portrayals of a Continent in Contemporary Mainstream Cinema (Oxford: Berghahn, 2013)
“Early Economic Civil Rights in Washington, DC: The New Negro Alliance, Howard University, and the Interracial Workshop,” in Michael Ezra, Ed., The Economic Civil Rights Movement (New York: Routledge, 2013)
“It Never Rains at Weston Field: On an Athlete Dying Twice,” The James Dickey Review, (The Masculinity Issue) XXIX (I) Fall/Winter 2012.
“Richard Wright and Black Resistance to White Supremacy: From Bigger Thomas to Henry Thomas,” Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South, Volume XVII, Number 2, (Fall/Winter 2010).
Ayoba!: Reflections From South Africa’s World Cup,” Impumelelo: The Interdisciplinary Electronic Journal of African Sport, Vol. 6, Fall 2010.
“From Brown v Board to the Freedom Rides,” in Conflicts in American History: The Long Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1973, Brian L. Johnson and Zoe Trodd (eds.) (Columbia, SC: Bruccoli Clark Layman, 2010).
“The Death of Doubt? Sport, Race, and Nationalism in the New South Africa,” Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Vol. XI, #2, Summer/Fall 2010.
“Stopped at the Try Line?: Rugby, Race, and Nationalism in the New South Africa,” Impumelelo: The Interdisciplinary Electronic Journal of African Sport, Vol. 5, Spring 2010. (Early version previously appeared in Proceedings of the South African Sports History Conference, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, July 2008).
“‘Sic ‘Em White Folks!’: Football, Massive Resistance, and the Integration of Ole Miss,” Sport History Review, Vol. 40 (May 2009)

Kathlyn Cosper Dunagan Fellow in the Humanities, UTPB endowed fellowship, May 2014-present.

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives, Stanford University, US Scholar Research Support Grant/Fellowship, 2015.

Interviewee and historical consultant, PBS The American Experience documentary, Freedom Riders, (In theaters and at festivals beginning 2010; aired on PBS nationally in May, 2011).

The President’s Outstanding Research Award, UTPB: April 2011.

John Hope Franklin Research Center of African and African American History and Culture Travel Grant: Duke University, 2010-2011.

The David Bruce Centre for American Studies Fellow: Keele University (UK) Spring/Summer 2009.

Research Fellow, The Institute for Southern Studies, University of South Carolina, 2008-2009; 2003-2004.

Jack and Anita Hess Faculty Seminar, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: Participant, seminar on “The Holocaust and Genocide in the 20th Century,” January 5-9, 2009.

UTPB Faculty Development Fund for Academic Excellence: Awarded Fall 2009 for research in England and South Africa, May-July 2009. Awarded Spring 2006 for trip to China, South Africa and England, June-July 2006. Awarded Spring 2005 for research in South Africa, December-January 2005-2006.

The President’s Outstanding Teaching Award, UTPB: April 2008.

Hollis Award, South Carolina Historical Association, 2008: For the best paper published in The Proceedings of the South Carolina Historical Association 2005-2007.

Featured Speaker -- Humanities Texas – Speakers Bureau, since 2006.

Chautauqua Short Course: Participant, “China Confronts New Security Issues,” China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing, China, June 2006.

UTPB La Mancha Society Golden Windmill Award: Junior faculty award for excellence in research, UTPB 2006.

Rothermere American Institute: Resident fellow, University of Oxford, 2005.

National Endowment for the Humanities: Institute Scholar, Summer Institute “Appalachia Up Close,” Ferrum College June 2004.

Pauline Maier Dissertation Prize in American History, Finalist: The Historical Society, 2004.

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Fellowship: Research and Writing Fellowship, Charlottesville, Spring-Summer 2004.

Visiting Scholar, American Political Science Association Centennial Center for Political Science & Public Affairs: January 2004.

Faculty Fellow: Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, 2003-2004. (Participated in Seminar on Terrorism, Israel, May-June 2003)

Faculty Summer Research Fellowship: The Deep South Regional Humanities Center, Tulane University, 2003.

Mellon Research Fellowship: The Virginia Historical Society, 2003.

Faculty/Scholar Research Grant: Minnesota State University, Summer 2003.

SELECTION OF COURSES TAUGHT: “The United States Since 1877,” “Contemporary Issues in Historical Perspective,” “The Civil Rights Movement,” “Modern Africa,” “Global Terrorism,” “Comparative Race Relations: The United States and South Africa” (Graduate seminar), “The Civil War and Reconstruction” (Contract Course), “South Africa,” “The US Since 1945: Liberalism, Conservatism and American Politics” (Graduate seminar), “U.S. History 1877-1928,” “U.S. History, 1929-1945,” U.S. History, 1945 to the Present,” “The Historian’s Craft” (Graduate seminar), “American Sports History,” “Race and Sports in the United States,” “South Africa,” (Graduate seminar), “The Modern Presidency and Presidential Elections in the United States,” “Global Sports History,” “Freshman Seminar.”

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