Chris Bolsmann is a South African sociologist. He joined CSUN in 2015. His research interests are in the social history of sport. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the sociology and history of sport and research methods. In 2006, he received his PhD in sociology from the University of Warwick (Britain). He completed his MA and BA degrees at the University of Pretoria (South Africa). He has taught at the Universities of Pretoria and Johannesburg in South Africa, the University of Seoul in South Korea and the University of Warwick and Aston University in Britain. He has supervised a range of graduate theses and examined a number of PhD theses in South Africa and Britain. Please download CV for a full list of publications.

Recent publications include:

Bolsmann, C. and Kioussis, G. (eds.) (forthcoming in 2021). Soccer Frontiers: The Global Game in the United States, 1863–1913. University of Tennessee Press: Knoxville.

Bolsmann, C. 2020. ‘“Heading for the Big Time”: South Africans and the North American Soccer League, 1968-1984.’ Journal of Sport History. Vol. 47, No. 3, 210-225.

Bolsmann, C. and Kioussis, G. 2019. ‘Three Clubs in Search of a City: Professional Soccer in Los Angeles, 1973-2018.’ Journal of Sport History. Vol. 46, No. 1, 98-114.

Bolsmann, C. and Porter, D. 2018. English Gentlemen and World Soccer: Corinthians, Amateurism and the Global Game. Routledge: London.


  • Ph.D. Sociology 2006, University of Warwick United Kingdom
  • M.A. Sociology 2000, University of Pretoria
  • B.A. Sociology 1995, University of Pretoria
  • B.A. Political Science 1994, University of Pretoria

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