Samantha White

Assistant Professor
Samantha White, Assistant Professor of Sport Studies at Manhattanville University


Founder's Hall, G38B

Samantha White is an assistant professor of sport studies. Previously, she held a postdoctoral fellowship at SUNY-Plattsburgh where she taught courses such as African American sport studies. She received her PhD from Rutgers University-Camden, MEd from the University of Minnesota, and BA from Clark Atlanta University. She is also an alumna of the International Summer School for Sport Researchers at the Universite de Paris Est.

Her teaching and research interests include historical, social, and cultural approaches to the study of sport, health, and outdoor and environmental recreation. Her current research project examines Black girls relationship to sports and physical culture during the early 20th century. She has published articles on the history of African American girls and swimming, Title IX era feminist young adult sport literature, and constructions of race and sport in Black childrens media.

The Great Outdoors
The Black Athlete
Intro to Sport Studies
Youth and Sports

Childhood Studies, PhD, Rutgers University-Camden
Youth Development Leadership, MEd, University of Minnesota
French, BA, Clark Atlanta University

“The Right Sort of Girl Is a Tomboy” Representations of Black Athletic Girlhood in the Early Twentieth-Century Black Press."
Journal of Sport History 50, no. 1 (2023): 1-16.


Negotiating Female Athletic Identity Through the Works of R.R. Knudson
Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature, vol. 36, no. 2, Spring-Summer 2019, pp. 41+.


SAGE Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood Studies, 2020


Ebony Jr! and the Black Athlete: Meritocracy, Sport, and African American Children’s Media
Journal of Sport History (2020) 47 (2): 128–142.
Link to Article


Black Girls Swim: Race, Gender, and Embodied Aquatic Histories
Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 14, 2: 2021