Michelle Sikes researches sport and politics in African history with focus on Kenya and South Africa.
- Kinesiology - KINES
- 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
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
- Sport in African history
- International sport history
- Sport, gender, race, and ethnicity
- Sport diplomacy and politics
- Cassandra Mark-Thiesen, Moritz Mihatsch, and Michelle Sikes, The Politics of Historical Memory and Commemoration in Africa (Berlin: De Gruyter, forthcoming 2022)
- Michelle Sikes, Toby Rider, and Matthew Llewellyn, Sport and Apartheid South Africa: Histories of Politics, Power, and Protest (London: Routledge, forthcoming 2021).
- Michelle Sikes and John Bale, Women's Sport in Africa (Abingdon: Routledge, 2015).
Recent Articles and Book Chapters
- Michelle Sikes (2021). Running for Peace and Development in Kenya’s Rift Valley. Peace Review.
- Michelle 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.
- 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.