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

  • “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 391: Topics in History: History of the Black Athlete (Spring 2018)
  • HIST 395: Historical Methods (Spring 2018)

Interdisciplinary Affiliation

Center for Black Studies





Eric Hall

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Purdue University, 2011

Twentieth-Century U.S. Political and Cultural History, African-American History, Sports History, Biography
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On leave Spring 2020; available by appointment