Dr. Martha Saavedra ’83 to Speak at Phi Beta Kappa Induction Luncheon

Rhodes alumna Dr. Martha Saavedra will speak at this year’s Phi Beta Kappa induction luncheon on May 15.

A recipient of the Walter P. Armstrong Sr. Memorial Scholarship while at Rhodes, she also was a Model U.N. delegate, played soccer, and was involved in early Title IX battles.

Saavedra graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in international studies in 1983 and is the fourth recipient of the Phi Beta Kappa Peyton Nalle Rhodes Prize, the college’s highest academic honor. Trained as a political scientist, she has taught at St. Mary’s College of California, Ohio University, and the Escuela de Estudios Universitarios Real Madrid.

She currently is the associate director of the Center for African Studies at the University of California-Berkeley where she oversees public programs and fellowships, and she works closely with the African language program.

Her research interests are wide-ranging, and she has published on agrarian politics and ethnic conflict in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan; representations of Africa in Chinese popular culture; and football, gender, and sport in Africa. Saavedra also has served on the editorial boards of Soccer and SocietySport in Society, and Impumelelo: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Sports in Africa.

The Phi Beta Kappa induction luncheon will be held in Rollow Hall in the Catherine Burrow Refectory, at 12:30 p.m. For more information or to make reservations, please contact Prof. Susan Satterfield at satterfields@rhodes.edu.

For a list of individuals to be inducted this year into Phi Beta Beta Kappa, view here.