Kausik Bandyopadhyay teaches History at West Bengal State University, Barasat, India. He was a Fellow of the International Olympic Museum, Lausanne. A former Fellow of the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata, he is an Academic Editor of Soccer and Society (London: Routledge). His areas of research interest include Social and Cultural History of Modern India, Popular Culture in South Asia, History of Sport, and Contemporary South Asia. Bandyopadhyay is the author of Scoring Off the Field: Football Culture in Bengal, 1911-80 (New Delhi/London: Routledge, 2011); Playing for Freedom: A Historic Sports Victory (New Delhi: Standard, 2008); and Playing Off the Field: Explorations in the History of Sport (Kolkata: Towards Freedom, 2007); co-author of Goalless: The Story of a Unique Footballing Nation (New Delhi: Penguin/Viking, 2006); editor of Why Minorities Play or Don't Play Soccer: A Global Exploration (London: Routledge, 2010); issue editor of Asia Annual 2008: Understanding Popular Culture (New Delhi: Manohar, 2010); and co-editor of Fringe Nations in World Soccer (London: Routledge, 2008). He has also published a large number of articles in national and international journals.