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Brian Bunk


Senior Lecturer

Office: Herter 633
Telephone: (413) 545-6769
Fax: (413) 545-6137

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Degree: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin – Madison (2000)
Fields of interest: Modern Europe, Spain, World history, Sport History

Research Interests and Professional Activities

Brian D. Bunk is the author of Ghosts of Passion: Martyrdom, Gender, and the Origins of the Spanish Civil War (Duke University Press, 2007) and co-editor of Nation and Conflict in Modern Spain: Essays in Honor of Stanley G. Payne (Parallel Press, 2008). My article “The Queen of Beauty: Gender Roles and the Performance of Spanish Identities in 1920s New York” is forthcoming in Hidden out in the Open: European Spanish Labor Migrants in the Progressive Era (University Press of Colorado) edited by Phylis Martinelli and Ana María Varela-Lago.

My recent work is focused on the history of sport, especially boxing and soccer. I focus on the intersection of race and boxing as well as relationships between different communities. I have written several articles on these topics including “Harry Wills and the Image of the Black Boxer from Jack Johnson to Joe Louis” in the Journal of Sport History, “When the Bounding Basque met the Brown Bomber: Race and Ethnicity in World Boxing before the Second World War” in Sport in Society and “Boxer in New York: Spaniards, Puerto Ricans and the Construction of the Hispano Race” (under review).

I also study the history of soccer in the United States. My article “Sardinero and not a Can of Sardines: Soccer and Spanish Identities in New York City during the 1920s” recently appeared in the Journal of Urban History and in 2011 the journal Sport in History published my essay “The Rise and Fall of Professional Soccer in Holyoke Massachusetts, USA.” I am also the founder and host of the Soccer History USA podcast, a monthly program examining this history of soccer in the United States. The podcast is available for streaming or download at, in the iTunes store and on Stitcher.