Andrei Markovits is the Karl W. Deutsch Collegiate Professor of Comparative Politics and German Studies at the University of Michigan. He received his BA and ph.d. from Columbia University in political science. In addition, he also studied economics, history, sociology, and business administration at Columbia receiving three Masters degrees from that university. Markovits has published 14 books and edited volumes, over 100 scholarly articles; and more than 50 review essays. His research and publications have focused on German and European labor, German and European social democracy and social movements, German-Jewish relations, Germany's role in the new Europe; anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism in Europe; and the comparative sociology of modern sports cultures. Among his publications is Offside : Soccer and American Exceptionalism (2001)/Im Abseits : Fussball in der amerikanischen Sporttkultur (2002). His publications have appeared in English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Hungarian, Chinese, Farsi and Hebrew. Andrei Markovits will be the Gambrinus Visiting Professor for Sport and Soccer Studies at the University of Dortmund during the World Cup Tournament in June 2006.