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Sarah K. Fields, JD, PhD

Associate Professor

Curriculum Vita​

E-mail: Sarah K. Fields
Office Location: 3315
Phone: Please contact by email

Areas of Expertise:
Sport and American Culture; gender, injury and law

Education & Degrees

PhD, American Studies, University of Iowa
JD, Constitutional Law, Washington University in St. Louis 
MA, American Studies, Washington State University 
BA, Psychology, Yale University


Dr. Sarah K. Fields (JD Washington University; PhD University of Iowa) joins the faculty as an associate professor this fall.  She has previously taught at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Georgia, and Ohio State University.  Her research and teaching focuses largely on the intersection of sport and American culture, specifically examining issues of gender, injury, and law, and she is the author of Female Gladiators:  Gender, Law, and Contact Sport in America (University of Illinois Press, 2005). Dr. Fields is a recreational athlete who also enjoys outdoor activities with her dogs and partner as well as watching television with her cat.

Select Publications

Fields, Sarah K.  Female Gladiators:  Gender, Law, and Contact Sport in America.
Champaign:  University of Illinois Press, 2005. 

Fields, Sarah K.  “A Brief Legal History of Women in Sport.” In Women, Sport, and Physical Activity:  Challenges and Triumphs 2d ed., eds., Sharon R. Guthrie, T. Michelle Magyar, Ann Fran Maliszewski, and Alison M. Wrynn, 85-98. Dubuque, IA:  Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., 2009.      

Fields, Sarah K.  “Title IX and African-American Female Athletes.”  In Sport and the Racial Divide:  African-American and Latino Experience in an Era of Change, ed. Michael E. Lomax, 126-145.  Oxford:  University of Mississippi Press, 2008. 

Fields, Sarah K., Collins, Christy L., and R. Dawn Comstock.  "Violence in Youth Sports:  Hazing, Brawling, and Foul Play." British Journal of Sports Medicine 44(1) (2010): 32-37. 

Fields, Sarah K.  "Representations of Sport in the Indian School Journal, 1906-1913."  Journal of Sport History 35(2) (2008):  241-259.

Courses Taught

COMM 4710/5710 Topics: Communication and Sports