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Theresa Runstedtler

Associate Professor
Department of History

  • Theresa Runstedtler is a scholar of African American history whose research focuses on black popular culture and black internationalism. She is the author of Jack Johnson, Rebel Sojourner: Boxing in the Shadow of the Global Color Line (UC Press, 2012), a book that explores the first African American world heavyweight champion’s legacy as a black sporting hero and anticolonial icon in places as far-flung as Sydney, London, Cape Town, Manila, Paris, Havana, and Mexico City. Her book won the 2013 Phillis Wheatley Book Prize from the Northeast Black Studies Association. Dr. Runstedtler has also published scholarly articles in the Radical History Review and the Journal of World History, and book chapters in Escape from New York: The New Negro Renaissance Beyond Harlem, and In the Game: Race, Identity, and Sports in the Twentieth Century. She is currently working on a book that explores the cocaine-related death of University of Maryland basketball star Len Bias in 1986 as a racialized flashpoint in both the War on Drugs and big-time college athletics. Prof. Runstedtler offers courses on race and popular culture and African American history. She has taught at the University at Buffalo (SUNY) and at the University of Pennsylvania. Before returning to school to earn a PhD in History and African American studies at Yale University, Dr. Runstedtler started out as a professional dancer/actress and then worked in public relations for a national sports network in Toronto, Canada.
  • Degrees

    PhD, History, Yale University, 2007

    BA Honours (summa cum laude), History and English Literature, York University (Toronto), 1998
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  • Summer 2015

    • GNED-120 General Education Area 2 Topic: Cuba: Serving Social Justice
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    • GNED-130 General Education Area 3 Topic: Cuba: Serving Social Justice
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    • GNED-140 General Education Area 4 Topic: Cuba: Serving Social Justice
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  • Fall 2015

    • HIST-305 Topics in Race and Ethnicity: Black Popular Culture
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  • Spring 2016

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