Ellis Cashmore was a professor of culture, media and sport at Staffordshire University’s Faculty of Health Sciences. He joined the university in 1993. Before this, he was professor of sociology at the University of Tampa, Florida; and, before this, lecturer in sociology at the University of Hong Kong. Among his most recent of his books are Beyond Black: Celebrity and race in Obama’s America, and Martin Scorsese’s America. He is currently the Co-author “Football’s Dark Side: Corruption, Homophobia, Violence and Racism in the Beautiful Game,” and a visiting professor of Sociology at Aston University in Birmingham, England.