I’m Rwany Sibaja, Director of History/Social Studies Education and Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Appalachian State University. My current research centers on popular culture in mid-twentieth century Argentina, with a focus on soccer and identity. I examine how perceptions about civility and disorder shaped, and re-shaped, notions of Argentinidad (Argentineanness) and masculinity between the 1920s and early 1970s. My secondary research area of interest focuses on digital tools in the history and social studies classrooms and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). In particular, I explore the ways new media tools are reshaping the teaching, learning, research, and production of history.
I received my bachelor’s degree from Elon University, master’s degree from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and doctoral degree from George Mason University (GMU). Prior to joing App State, I enjoyed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and worked as a graduate research assistant for educational projects at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. In public education, I worked as a curriculum program manager for K-12 Social Studies and as a History and Spanish instructor.
A resident of Deep Gap, NC, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two children … usually with a good cup of coffee.