Murray A. Sperber

Visiting Professor
Degrees: 
Bachelor of Arts, Writing & Psychology, Purdue University
Master of Arts, English Literature, University of California, Berkeley
PhD, English Literature, University of California, Berkeley
Profile: 

Murray Sperber is a Visiting Professor in the Cultural Studies of Sport in Education program (CSSE). 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.

Email: 
murraysperber@berkeley.edu

Research

Selected Publications

BOOKS:

Beer & Circus: How Big-time College Sports Is Crippling Undergraduate Education, Henry Holt & Co., hardcover edition, New York, 2000; paperback, 2001.

Onward to Victory: The Crises That Shaped College Sports, Henry Holt & Co., New York, hardcover edition, 1998.

Shake Down the Thunder: The Creation of Notre Dame Football, Henry Holt & Co., New York, hardcover edition, 1993; paperback edition, 1995; reprint edition, Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Indiana, 2002.

College Sports Inc.: The Athletic Department vs. The University, Henry Holt & Co., New York, hardcover edition, 1990; paperback edition, with a new introduction, 1991.

Literature and Politics, Hayden Humanities Series, Hayden and Co., Rochelle Park, New Jersey, 1978.

Arthur Koestler: A Collection of Critical Essays, The Twentieth Century Views Series, Prentice-Hall Inc., Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 1977.

And I Remember Spain: A Spanish Civil War Anthology, edited and with an introductory essay, "Spain: An Apocalyptic Moment," Hart-Davis Macgibbon Co., Ltd., London, 1974; Macmillan and Co., New York, 1974; Collier Books, New York, 1974.

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