Martha Saavedra has been the Associate Director of the Center for African Studies at the University of California, Berkeley since 1993. Trained as a Political Scientist, she has taught at St. Mary’s College of California, UC Berkeley, Ohio University, the Escuela de Estudios Universitarios Real Madrid. Her research has ranged from agrarian politics, development and ethnic conflict in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan to gender and sport in Africa to the evolving relationships between Chinese and Africans. She has been on the editorial boards of Soccer and Society; Sport in Society; and Impumelelo: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Sports in Africa. A veteran of Title IX battles, she has played soccer for over four decades and has been a coach of boys’ teams for over a decade.