Dr. Amy Bass
Amy Bass’ research interests include African-American history; modern American culture, with a particular focus on sports; identity politics; and historical theory and methodology. She has published her research extensively, including the prestigious Journal of American History and South Atlantic Quarterly, and has presented at a range of national meetings, including the American Historical Association, the American Studies Association, the Organization for American Historians, and Association for the Study of African American Life and History. As well, she has contributed to organs such as Slate, Salon, CNN Opinion, and The Christian Century.
Her first book, Not the Triumph but the Struggle: The 1968 Olympic Games and the Making of the Black Athlete, is considered a standard-bearer for those interested in writing about sports from a cultural perspective. Her edited collection, In the Game: Race, Identity and Sports in the 20th Century, solidified that reputation. Her third book, Those About Him Remained Silent: The Battle Over W.E.B. Du Bois, on the culture of civil rights struggles and memory, received an Honorable Mention from the National Council on Public History.
Her new book, One Goal: A Coach, A Team, and the Game that Brought a Divided Town Together, was published in February 2018 from Hachette Book Group. The book has already garnered numerous positive reviews and been excerpted in Sports Illustrated and written about in the New York Post and several other publications. Bass has also appeared on the Today show and on NPR’s The Takeaway. In June, the book was optioned by Netflix.
She also edits her own series, “Sporting,” for Temple University Press, and has served as senior research supervisor for NBC Olympic Sports since 1996, winning at Emmy Award for her work at the London Olympics in 2012. Bass teaches a range of courses in the History Department, the Women’s Studies Program, and the Honors Program, including “Popular Culture and the Making of Modern America," “Race and Ethnicity," “Civil Rights Struggles," “Race, Sport, and Society," “Once Upon A Time: American Princess," “Women in American History,” and “The Rise and Fall of the American Teenager."