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Rwany Sibaja : Curriculum Vitae


Postdoctoral Fellow Department of History University of Maryland-Baltimore County

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The history of popular culture in 20th-century Argentina, digital tools and new media in the teaching and learning of history, and the constructions of identity in sports



George Mason University (Fairfax, VA), Ph.D. History, Fall 2009—Summer 2013

Dissertation: ¡Animales! Civility, Modernity, and Construction of Identity in Argentine Soccer, 1955-70

Dissertation Committee: Dr. Matthew Karush, Dr. Joan Bristol, Dr. John Nauright

Areas of Concentration: Modern Latin America (major field); Digital History and New Media, Modern Britain (minor fields)

University of North Carolina-Greensboro (Greensboro, NC), M.A. in History, May 2005

Elon University (Elon, NC), B.A. in History, May 1998



University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Instructor- HIST 355-02: Introduction to Digital History, Fall 2014

This course explores how new media tools are shaping the teaching, learning, writing, and study of history.

Instructor- HIST 355-02: The History of Sports in Latin America, Spring 2014

Designed and taught a course analyzing the development of various forms of identity through sports, and how notions of race, gender, class, and national identity changed over time.

George Mason University

Instructor- EDUC 500: Latin American History, Oct 2010—Feb 2011

Designed and taught a technology-intensive graduate course in Latin American history for adult educators, using Word Press (course blog), digital storytelling tools, and communication programs

Research Assistant- Center for History and New Media (educational projects), Fall 2010- Spring 2012

Content developer:

Teaching Assistant- Department of History and Art History (and the Center for History and New Media

Hidden in Plain Sight (online course), Spring 2011 and Spring 2012

American History Digitized (Alaska Network for Understanding American History), 2010-2011

HIST 100: Western Civilization, Fall 2009-Spring 2010

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (Winston-Salem, NC)

Curriculum Program Manager—K-12 Social Studies (Department of Instructional Services), 2006-2008

Orange County Schools (NC)/ Davidson County Schools (NC)

Instructor—History and Foreign Language (Spanish), 2008-2009/1998-2006



  • Civilization and Barbarism in Argentine Fútbol—manuscript in progress.
  • “Fútbol Discourse and Middle-Class Anxieties in Argentina During the 1950s" (under review, The Americas)
  • Pibes, Cracks, and Caudillos: Argentina, the World Cup, and Identity Politics” (co-authored with Charles Parrish, Soccer & Society, vol. 15, no.5 (September 2014), 655-670.
  • “Luis Gabelo Conejo,” “Association Football: Paraguay,” “Association Football: Uruguay,” and “Association Football: Bolivia,” in Nauright, John and Charles Parrish, eds. Sports Around the World: History, Culture, and Practice, 4 Vols. Santa Barbara: ABC Clio, 2012.
  • “Social Studies Education ‘Down South’,”, February 8, 2012.
  • “Comic Books in the History Classroom,”, July 9, 2011.
  • “Teaching and Learning History in the Digital Age (AHA 2011),”, March 11, 2011.
  • Authored over two dozens reviews for “Tech for Teachers,”



  • Female Athletics in the Construction of Perón’s “New Argentina,” Latin American Studies Association Conference, Chicago, May 22-25, 2014
  • Chantocracia: Dante Panzeri, Adolfo Mogilevsky, and the Reshaping of Argentine Fútbol in the 1960s,” ‘Soccer as the Beautiful Game’ International Soccer Conference, Hofstra University (NY), April 9-12
  • “The ‘Disaster’ of Sweden: A Turning Point for Argentine Soccer,” Rethinking Sports in the Americas, Emory University, October 3-4, 201
  • “Sweden, 1958: The Beginning of an Identity Crisis in Argentine Football,” Latin American Studies Association Conference, Washington D.C., May 29-June 1, 2013
  • “Measuring ‘Success’ and Defining a ‘Crisis’ in Argentine and Brazilian Football,” Panel Chair, Latin American Studies Association Conference, Washington D.C., May 29-June 1, 2013
  • “The Limits of Intervention: Soccer, Politics, and Identity in Perón’s Argentina,” Sport and the Global South Conference II, Fairfax, VA, November 12-14, 2012
  • Digital Tools for the Teaching and Learning of American History,” presented to American Historical Association, Chicago, Jan 5-8, 2012
  • Digital Humanities: A Hands-On Workshop, Digital Storytelling,” presented to American Historical Association, Chicago, Jan 5-8, 2012
  • “A Crisis of Identity in Argentinean Fútbol: A View from the Press (1955-1970),” Sport and the Global South Conference, Fairfax, VA, November 15-16, 2011
  • Digital Tools for Teaching and Learning American History,” presented to American Historical Association, Boston, Jan 6-9, 2011
  • U.S.-Latin American Relations Through the Prism of Costa Rican Democracy,” presented to World View Conference: “Latin America and North Carolina,” and the Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University, Chapel Hill, Mar 25-26, 2008



  • Dissertation Completion Award-2012-2013, George Mason University Office of the Provost
  • Charles and Polly Webber Outstanding Graduate Student Award (History)- 2011-2012
  • Rudolph and Louise Fishel Endowed Scholarship- 2011
  • McKinnon-Morton Dissertation Research Fellowship- 2011
  • George Mason University Graduate Fellowship, Aug 2009-2012



  • UMBC Hispanic/Latino Faculty Association
  • George Mason History Department Graduate Committee Representative (elected), 2010-2011
  • Reader for Advanced Placement European History—College Board, 2005-2011
  • National History Day: Website Judge, Middle Grades Category- (Fairfax, VA) 2010



  • American Historical Association; Conference for Latin American Historians; Latin American Studies Association; Phi Kappa Phi; North American Society for Sports History