Sandra Swart is an environmental and social historian of southern Africa. She received both a DPhil in Modern History and MSc in Environmental Change from the University of Oxford. She is an associate professor at the University of Stellenbosch. She has published on themes as various as Afrikaner identity, laughter, animals in history and social rebellion in, amongst others, the Journal of Southern African Studies, Journal of African History and Journal of Social History. She has co-written a book with Greg Bankoff, Breeds of Empire, she is the co-editor, with Lance van Sittert, of Canis Africanis: a dog history of southern Africa and she is currently writing the history of horses in southern Africa.