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Michelle Sikes
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, African Studies, and History
Summary Statement

Michelle Sikes researches sport and politics in African history with focus on Kenya and South Africa.

Department
  • Kinesiology - KINES
Education
  • Ph.D., Economics and Social History, University of Oxford, Lincoln College, Oxford, UK
  • M.Sc., Economic and Social History, University of Oxford, Lincoln College, Oxford, UK
  • B.S. (Hons), Mathematical Economics (Minor in Health Policy & Administration), Wake Forest University
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Phone
Office Address
268B Rec Hall
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
Additional Websites
Specializations
  • Sport in African history
  • International sport history
  • Sport, gender, race, and ethnicity
  • Sport diplomacy and politics
Publications

Edited Volumes

  • Michelle M. Sikes, Toby C. Rider, and Matthew P. Llewellyn, Sport and Apartheid South Africa: Histories of Politics, Power, and Protest (London: Routledge, 2022).
  • Cassandra Mark-Thiesen, Moritz A. Mihatsch, and Michelle M. Sikes, The Politics of Historical Memory and Commemoration in Africa (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2022)
  • Michelle Sikes and John Bale, Women's Sport in Africa (Abingdon: Routledge, 2015).

Recent Articles and Book Chapters

  • Michelle M. Sikes, Matthew P. Llewellyn, and Toby C. Rider. (2022). Sport in a Global Landscape of Anti-Apartheid Dissent: South African Histories from Within and Beyond. In Sport and Apartheid South Africa: Histories of Politics, Power, and Protest, eds. Michelle M. Sikes, Matthew P. Llewellyn, and Toby C. Rider (pp.1-8). London: Routledge.
  • Michelle M. Sikes, Cassandra Mark-Thiesen, and Moritz Mihatsch. (2022). Public Memorialisation and the Politics of Historical Memory in Africa. In The Politics of Historical Memory and Commemoration in Africa, eds. Cassandra Mark-Thiesen, Moritz A. Mihatsch, and Michelle M. Sikes (pp. 1-20). Berlin: De Gruyter.
  • Cam Mallett and Michelle M. Sikes. (2022). Paralympic Protest: Athlete Activism, Apartheid South Africa, and the International Sport Boycott in British Para Sport, 1979-1981. Sport in History, 1-19.
  • Jaime Schultz, Michelle M. Sikes, and Cat Arial (2022). Women's Sport History. In The Routledge Handbook of Sport History, eds. Murray Phillips, Douglas Booth, and Carly Adams. London: Routledge.
  • Michelle M. Sikes (2021). Running for Peace and Development in Kenya’s Rift Valley. Peace Review, 32(4), 480-487.
  • Michelle M. Sikes (2021). 'If Britain Wants War on Africa, She Will Have It’: African Reprisals to the 1974 British Lions Rugby Tour of South Africa. Sport History Review, 52(2), 172-188.
  • Michelle Sikes (2020). The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend? A Clash of Anti-Apartheid Tactics and Targets in the Olympic Movement of the Early 1960s. The International Journal of the History of Sport, 37(7), 520-541. 
  • Michelle Sikes, Toby Rider, and Matthew Llewellyn (2020). Sport in Isolation? New Perspectives on Race, Sport, and Politics in Apartheid South Africa. The International Journal of the History of Sport, 37(7), 515-519.
  • Michelle Sikes (2020). The Sport Lens: Why Africanist and World Historians Should Teach Sport. World History Bulletin, 36(2), 22-25.
  • Michelle Sikes (2020). Sprinting Past the End of Empire: Seraphino Antao and the Promise of Sport in Kenya, 1960-1964. In Todd Cleveland, Gerard Akindes, Tarminder Kaur (Eds.), Sports in Africa: Past and Present (pp. 219-232). Athens, OH: Ohio University Press.
  • Michelle Sikes (2019). Enduring Legacies & Convergent Identities: The Male-dominated Origins of the Kenyan Running Explosion. Journal of Sport History 46(2), 273-287.
  • Michelle Sikes (2019). From Nairobi to Baden-Baden: African Politics, the International Olympic Committee, and Early Efforts to Censure Apartheid South Africa. The International Journal of the History of Sport 19(1), 7-23.
  • Michelle Sikes, Toby Rider, and Matthew Llewellyn (2019). New Perspectives on Sport and Apartheid: Local and Global. The International Journal of the History of Sport 36(1), 1-6.
  • Michelle Sikes (2019). Sport and Politics in Africa. In Nic Cheeseman (Ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Politics (25 pages). Oxford: Oxford University Press.