Sarah K. Fields, Ph.D.
Professor • Associate Dean for Student Success, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of Communication

Mailing Address:
Department of Communication
Campus Box 176
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Physical Location:
North Classroom 5014


Spring 2020 Office Hours:
N/A - On Sabatical

PhD, American Studies (2000) University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
MA, American Studies (1996) Washington State University, Pullman, Washington
JD, (1994) Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
BA, Psychology (1990) Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

Dr. Sarah K. Fields (JD Washington University; PhD University of Iowa) is the Associate Dean for Student Success and an associate professor in Communication. 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. She is the author of Game Faces: Sport Celebrity and the Laws of Reputation (University of Illinois Press, 2016) and 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 spouse as well as watching television with her cat.

Fields, Sarah K. Game Faces: Sport Celebrity and the Laws of ReputationChampaign: University of Illinois Press, 2016.

Regalado, Samuel O. and Sarah K. Fields, eds. Sport and the Law: Historical and Cultural Intersections. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2014.

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

Comstock, R. Dawn, Currie, Dustin W., Pierpoint, Lauren A.; Grubenhoff, Joseph A., and Sarah K. Fields, "An Evidence-Based Discussion of Heading and Concussions in High School Soccer." JAMA Pediatrics 169 (2015): 830-837.

Fields, Sarah K. "Legislating Sport:  Does Law Aid, Abet, or Hinder National Pastimes?" International Journal of the History of Sport 31(1-2) (2014): 203-223.

COMM 4000/5000 Communication and Sports
COMM 3231/HIST 3231 Famous U.S. Trials
COMM 5710 Communication, Gender, and Popular Culture

Expertise Areas: My work broadly examines the intersection of sport and American culture. I am particularly interested law and sport as well as injury in sport. I tend to explore these areas through the lenses of gender, race, class, sexual orientation, and other categories of social identities.