Dr. Greenham is an award-winning, funded researcher whose focus is largely on North American professional sports – particularly baseball, hockey and Canadian football. His analysis utilizes historical methods and includes aspects of media, political ideology and league/club operations. Dr. Greenham’s objective is not to litigate the past but to explore issues and nuances that provide contextual perspective to current events. Researching history allows narratives to be formed and reformed, bolstered and challenged. In the lecture hall, Dr. Greenham relies on storytelling. Students are encouraged to be active listeners and participants in the discussions to maximize their understanding and retention. Dr. Greenham is accepting graduate students, particularly (but not solely) those interested in the thesis pathway that have a sociocultural/historical emphasis.
Areas of Research Interest
Sport History; Sport Journalism; Professional Sports
Craig Greenham (principal investigator) and Todd Loughead, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant – The Broncos: A Social Support Approach to Team Tragedy
History of Sport in Canada; Hockey in Canada; Sport Media; Newsroom; Sport in America
Selected Scholarly Activities
Greenham, Craig. “Rose-Colored Glasses: Competing Media Perceptions of the Pete Rose Betting Scandal.” Sport History Review 52, No.1 (2021): 1-21
Andrews, Ben and Craig Greenham. “National Responsibility: A History of Willful Nostalgia in the Canadian Football League.” Journal of Sport History 47, No.3 (2020): 226-242.
*Winner of the Journal of Sport History (NASSH) Article of the Year for 2020
Greenham, Craig. “Baseball is a Teacher: Lessons Learned by a Canadian Baseball Fan.” Nine: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture 28, No.1-2 (2019-2020): 142-148.
Santarossa, Sara, Paige Coyne, Sarah Woodruff and Craig Greenham. “#BodyIssue and Instagram: A Gender Disparity in Conversation, Coverage, and Content in ESPN The Magazine.” International Journal of Sport Communication 12, No.3 (2019): 336-353.
Santarossa, Sara, Paige Coyne, Craig Greenham, Marcia Milne and Sarah Woodruff. “ESPN’s #BodyIssue on Instagram: The Self-Representation of Women Athletics and Feedback from Their Audience of Women.” Journal of Student Research 8, No.2 (2019): 30-40.
Greenham, Craig. “Super Bore: The Canadian Media and the Grey Cup-Super Bowl Comparison.” In “The Super Bowl in National and Global Imaginations,” edited by Mark Dyreson and Peter Hopsicker. Special issue, International Journal of the History of Sport 34, No.1 (2017): 65-80.
*Finalist for best article in the International Journal of the History of Sport for 2017.
Greenham, Craig. “Snowed: How MLB and the MLBPA Mishandled the Cocaine Problem of the 1980s.” Sport History Review 47, No.1 (2016): 69-89.
Greenham, Craig. “Centre of Conflict: Mistrust and Turmoil in Creating the Diefenbaker Canada Centre.” Saskatchewan History 67, No.1 (2015): 28-35, 47-48.
Greenham, Craig. “On the Battlefront: Canadian Soldiers, an Imperial War, and America’s National Pastime.” American Review of Canadian Studies 42, No.1 (2012): 34-50.
Greenham, Craig. “The Press of the Plebiscite: Canadian Prairie Newspapers and the Conscription Debate of 1942.” Saskatchewan History 60, No.1 (2008): 3-16.
Greenham, Craig. “American Inspiration: The Unlikely Origins of the Diefenbaker Centre.” American Review of Canadian Studies 36, No.4 (2006): 596-611.
Widdis, Randy, Lisa Dale-Burnett and Craig Greenham. “Looking Back at Social Cohesion.” Prairie Forum 30, No.3 (2005): 253-288.
Greenham, Craig. “Sport and Foreign Affairs.” In The Palgrave Handbook of Canada in International Affairs, edited by Robert Murray and Paul Gecelovsky, 457-481. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021.
Greenham, Craig. “Ideological Struggles and the Emergence of Cricket, Lacrosse and Baseball.” In Sport and Recreation in Canadian History, edited by Carly Adams, 125-148. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics Publishers, 2021.
Greenham, Craig. “The Minor Leagues and a Major Conflict: Canadian Professional Baseball and the Great War.” In Base Ball 12: New Research on the Early Game, edited by Don Jensen, 195-220. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2021.
Greenham, Craig. “Canadian Football.” In Touchdown: An American Obsession, edited by Gerald Gems and Gertrud Pfister, 237-252. Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing, 2019.
*Finalist for the North American Society for Sport History anthologies prize in 2020
Greenham, Craig. “‘Super Bore’: The Canadian Media and the Grey Cup-Super Bowl Comparison.” In A Half Century of Super Bowls: National and Global Perspectives on America’s Grandest Spectacle, edited by Mark Dyreson and Peter Hopsicker, 65-80. London: Routledge, 2018.
Greenham, Craig. “The World’s Game: Globalization and Baseball.” In American History through American Sports: From Colonial Lacrosse to Extreme Sports, Vol.3, edited by Danielle Coombs and Bob Batchelor, 103-114. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2013.
Dr. Greenham has reviewed books for the Journal of Sport History, Sport History Review, American Review of Canadian Studies, Journal of the West, International Journal of Sport Communication, Canadian Journal of History and Sociology of Sport Journal. He is also the vice-president Southern Michigan’s chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research and an active member of the North American Society for Sport History. Locally, Dr. Greenham is the communications director and board member of the Windsor-Essex County Sports Hall of Fame.
Recent News Contributions
British Society of Sport History Podcast (Sport in History) discussion of media’s coverage of Pete Rose betting scandal research. May 15, 2021.
Andrews, Ben and Craig Greenham. “Can Nostalgia Save the CFL?” Hamilton Spectator, May 20, 2020.
Little, Becky, "The Terrorist Attack That Failed to Derail the 1988 Seoul Olympics," History Channel. February 9, 2018.
Little, Becky, "The Weirdest Winter Olympic Events We No Longer Play" National Geographic. February 8, 2018.
Current Graduate Students
Diogo Peixoto, internship
Shaun Smith, thesis
Owen Bravo, thesis
Kofi Addo, internship
Dr. Greenham is accepting graduate students, particularly (but not solely) those interested in the thesis pathway that have a sociocultural/historical emphasis.