John Soares

Department of History

403 Decio Faculty Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Adjunct Assistant Professor of History

  • Sports history
  • Olympic history
  • History of U.S. foreign policy

Soares in the News

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John Soares teaches history, including history of sport, at the University of Notre Dame.

The Past, Present and Future of Olympic Protests

“Dictatorships tend to try to use the Olympics as the equivalent of an international seal of approval,” says John Soares, a professor at the University of Notre Dame who studies Olympic history. 

With ‘diplomatic boycott’ of the Olympics, Biden seeks middle ground

“What Biden is doing, rather than opening himself to criticism of punishing his own athletes more than the Chinese government, is sending a diplomatic signal of disapproval,” John Soares, a professor at the University of Notre Dame who has written about politics and the Olympics, recently told me.

U.S. Is ‘Considering’ Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Olympics, Biden Says

“Regimes have a history of treating their hosts of the Olympics with an international seal of approval for whatever they’re doing,” said John Soares, a history professor at Notre Dame who has written about the Olympics. 

The complicated politics of a Beijing 2022 boycott

“When you look at Berlin in 1936, there is no question Jesse Owens made a mockery of Nazi racial ideology,” John Soares, a professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, said.