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American University (Washington, DC)
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Equestrian, Gender, Sport, Britain, Empire, Imperial, Women, Horse, Fox Hunting, Polo
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About Me

Erica Munkwitz is a historian of modern British and European history. Her research focuses on gender, sport and empire in modern Britain, specifically women’s involvement in equestrianism and horse sports. She received her BA in History and English from Sweet Briar College and her PhD from American University, where she was honored with the Award for Outstanding Scholarship at the Graduate Level. She has received the Early Career Scholar Award from the European Committee for the History of Sport (CESH) and The Solidarity Prize for Excellence in Early Career Equine Research. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled “Riding to Freedom: Women, Horse Sports, and Liberation in Britain, 1772-1928.”

Recent Publications

“Designing Diana: Female Sports Entrepreneurs and Equestrian Innovation,” The International Journal of the Sport, Special Edition on Sports Entrepreneurship (forthcoming)

“Angels and Amazons: Fox-hunting and Sporting Emancipation for Women,” The International Journal of the History of Sport, Innovative Historical Work on Women and Physical Culture Practices (forthcoming)

“Riding Habits: Equestrianism, Fox-Hunting, and Female Sporting Emancipation,” European Studies in Sports History (forthcoming)

“Horse-Sense and Sensibility,” The International Journal of the History of Sport, Volume 34, Number 5-6: Special issue: Aspiration and Reflection: Sport Historians on Sport History, 2017,

“‘The Master is the Mistress’: Female Masters of Hounds and Sport Coaching in Britain,” Sport in History, Volume 37, Number 4, 2017, 395-422.

“Vixens of Venery: Women, Sport, and Fox-Hunting in Britain, 1860-1914,” Critical Survey, Volume 24, Number 1, Spring 2012, 74-87

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Britain and British Empire
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, British Isles, England, France, Germany, India, Ireland, North America, United Kingdom, United States, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
17th century, 18th century, 19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Environment, Gender, Material Culture, Rural & Agrarian History, Sexuality, Sports, Women, World War I