I have written two book chapters. One is for a book that was released in March 2018, while the other is due to be published in February 2020. The research has been really fun–it’s an interesting aspect of social, cultural, and political history. I was also one of four authors from the first book to present at the Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, which was an amazing experience.
“Deepest, Darkest Africa(, Illinois): Cultural Appropriation in Professional Wrestling.” Identity in Professional Wrestling: Essays on Nationality, Race and Gender. McFarland, 2018.
- Wrestlers’ identities are often based on their nationality, but the sport has a long tradition of people claiming a national or cultural identity other than their own.
“From Chitlins to Championships: Limited Opportunities for African American Professional Wrestlers.” Forthcoming in Sports in African American Life: Essays on History and Culture. McFarland, 2020.
- African American wrestlers have faced threats, segregation, and discrimination. They have been forced to portray offensive stereotypes, and they are also rarely considered to hold major titles and be the public face of the promotion.
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