Rita Roberts

Professor of History and Africana Studies
Nathaniel Wright Stephenson Chair in History and Biography

Department: History
Office Address: Humanities 212
Office Phone: (909) 607-3179
Rita Roberts

Academic History

  • B.S. Southern Illinois University
  • M.A., Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

Areas of Expertise

Nineteenth Century United States, Early Republic, Civil War Era, African American

Personal Interests

Current research includes two book projects: African American Correspondence in the Civil War Era and Nineteenth Century American Family: An Exploration of Identity, Nationality, and Race in the Upper South.

Selected Research and Publications

  • Evangelicalism and the Politics of Reform in Northern Black Thought, 1776-1863 (Louisiana State University Press, 2010).
  • Biographies for James McCune Smith and James Otis, Encyclopedia of African American History, Facts on File, 2010.
  • Book Review: Margaret Humphreys, Intensely Human: The Health of Black Soldiers in American Civil War, Journal of American History, December 2008.

Courses Taught

  • U.S. to 1865
  • African Diaspora in the U.S. to 1877
  • African Diaspora in the U.S. since 1877
  • Women, Religion, and the Politics of Reform
  • Slave Women in Antebellum America
  • The Old South and Modern Memory
  • Civil War and Reconstruction (co-taught with Professor Stuart McConnell, Pitzer)
  • Modern Civil Rights Movement
  • African American Women's History
  • History Seminar
  • Core III: Colonialism/Imperialism and Race and the United States
  • Core II: Riotous Americans: Los Angeles and the Poetics of Unrest (co-taught with Warren Liu)

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