Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff (Ph.D. 2009, History) Publishes New Yorker Feature on French Basketball

Lindsay Sarah Krasnoff (Ph.D. 2009, History), a historian in the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Historian, published a New Yorker feature this week about basketball in France.

The article, “French Basketball: From Cain to Batum,” focuses on two players: Bill Cain, who was born in White Plains, New York, and played in France; and Nicolas Batum, currently the starting forward for the Portland Trail Blazers.

“The American colonization of French basketball continues today,” Krasnoff wrote. “Some French players feel that the phenomenon negatively impacts their ability to get playing time and improve, yet others attribute its influence to today’s two-way transatlantic talent flow.”

Krasnoff is also the author of The Making of Les Bleus: Sport in France, 1958-2010 (Lexington Books), which was published in 2013.

The book — based on Krasnoff’s doctoral dissertation— traces the Fifth Republic’s quest to create elite athletes in two global team sports, football and basketball, primarily at the youth level.
Krasnoff joined the Office of the Historian in 2008, where she works on the history of U.S.-European relations and contributes to the office's digital and oral history initiatives.
While pursuing her doctoral degree, Krasnoff worked as an editor in the sports publishing industry, assisted with book projects in French art, history, and American football.
Her expertise includes history of youth, the media, sports medicine, history of the body, and sports diplomacy, and she has authored articles, book chapters, and given talks on these topics.
Krasnoff is also a member of the Overseas Press Club, serving as a judge for its annual awards competition; the North American Society for Sports History, where she sits on the IT Advisory Committee; and the International Network of Humanistic Doping Research.

Submitted on: MAY 7, 2015

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