Eric Hall

Current Research

I am currently writing a book on the 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs that is situated within the culture wars of the 1970s.

Major Publications


Articles/Book Chapters

  • “Foster v. Fourie: Race, Politics, and Betrayal in Apartheid South Africa.” The International Journal of the History of Sport (2020) 
  • “Arthur Ashe: Politics, Racism and Tennis.” Lake, Robert, and Carol Osborne, eds. The Routledge Handbook of Tennis: History, Culture and Politics. London: Routledge, 2019.
  • “Co-Learners and Core: Education Reform at Saint Joseph’s College.” International Social Science Review 88, no. 3 (2014).
  • “‘I Guess I’m Becoming More and More Militant’: Arthur Ashe and the Black Freedom Movement, 1961-1968.” Journal of African American History 96, no. 4 (Fall 2011): 474-502.

Teaching Interests

My upper-level courses examine the relationship between race, politics and popular culture (particularly sports) in twentieth-century U.S. history. I have taught courses on the Civil Rights Movement and black athletes as well as U.S. history since World War II, popular culture during wartime and historical methods.

Courses Taught

  • BKST 200: Racism in American Culture and Society
  • HIST 260: American History to 1865
  • HIST 363: U.S. Sport History
  • HIST 391: Topics in History: History of the Black Athlete
  • HIST 395: Historical Methods
  • HIST 401: Third Clinical Secondary School Experience in History/Social Sciences
  • HIST 468: America Since 1960
  • HIST 496: History and Social Science Instruction for Secondary and Middle Grades Educators
  • ILAS 201: Introductory Clinical Experience

Interdisciplinary Affiliation

Center for Black Studies






Eric Hall
Associate Professor
Zulauf 606

Twentieth-Century U.S. Political and Cultural History, African-American History, Sports History, Biography

Ph.D., Purdue University, 2011

Office Hours

Monday through Thursday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (online) and by appointment