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Rwany Sibaja is an associate professor of history and program director for history education at Appalachian State University (Boone, NC, USA). His research focuses on popular culture in modern Latin America, especially sports and leisure.


My research focuses on the impact of popular culture – particularly sports and leisure – on the construction and re-imagination of identities across the Americas in the 20th century. In particular, I focus on soccer in Argentina and class dynamics.

Other areas of research interest center on how new media and the teaching of history.


I primarily work with history majors and future social studies educators. In my courses, we discuss diverse approaches to designing curriculum for a history course and the potential of digital tools to transform the history classroom. I also teach courses in sports history, modern Latin America, and digital history.


I oversee one of the largest history/social studies education programs in North Carolina, with over 150 history majors focused on teaching in secondary schools. Our goal is to produce graduates who are  ready to incorporate digital tools and a global focus in the classroom. In addition, I help coordinate education-preparatory programs in the College of Arts / Sciences.