Murray Sperber

Murray Sperber has been a Visiting Professor in the Cultural Studies of Sport in Education program CSSE, at the University of California, Berkeley since 2008. Previous to that he taught for many years at Indiana University, Bloomington, and is now a Professor Emeritus of English and American studies of the school.

Sperber has authored seven books, including:

Beer & Circus: How Big-Time College Sports is Crippling Undergraduate Education, which Sports Illustrated placed on its list of “100 Best Sports Books of All-time.”

His book Shake Down the Thunder: The Creation of Notre Dame Football, was named by Sports Illustrated as the second best sports history book.

He has also contributed articles and reviews to many journals as well as regular opinion/editorial pieces to The Chronicle of Higher Education and other periodicals, including The New York Times.