Strother E. Roberts

Assistant Professor of History


Contact Information
304 Dudley Coe Building

Teaching this semester

HIST 2504 / ENVS 2504. Animals in American History

Strother Roberts
Seminar. Although modern humans tend to think of themselves as above nature, they are in fact part of it: partners in a myriad of relationships that have tied them to other members of the animal kingdom throughout their history. Examines a number of these relationships, focusing on North America from the sixteenth through the twentieth century. Topics considered include the role of animals in the development of the American economy, how domestic and wild animals have shaped the American environment, how Americans have conceived of the boundary between humanity and animality, and how pets have come to be viewed as part of the modern family. Note: This course is part of the following field(s) of study: United States.


  • Ph.D., History, Northwestern University (2011)

  • M.A., History, Northwestern University (2006)

  • M.A., History, Kansas State University (2003)
  • B.S., History & Economics, Kansas State University (2001)


Book Manuscript

“Atlantic Economy, Colonial Ecology: Transforming Nature in Early Modern New England,” under review by the University of Pennsylvania Press.

Refereed Journal Articles

“Changes in the Genre: A Brief Survey of Colonial Mid-Atlantic Environmental History,” The Environmental History of the Mid-Atlantic States, spec. iss. Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies 79, no. 4 (Autumn 2012), 345-356.

“Trans-Indian Identity and the Inuit ‘Other’: Relations Between the Chipewyan and Neighboring Aboriginal Communities in the Eighteenth Century,” Ethnohistory 57, no.4 (2010), 597-624.

“Pines, Profits, and Popular Politics: Responses to the White Pine Acts in the Colonial Connecticut Valley,” The New England Quarterly 83, no.1 (March 2010), 73-101.

“’Esteeme a Little of Fish’: Fish, Fishponds and Farming in Eighteenth-Century New England and the Mid-Atlantic,” Agricultural History 82, no. 2 (Spring 2008), 143-163.

“The Life and Death of Matonabbee: Fur Trade and Leadership Among the Chipewyan, 1736-1782,” Manitoba History 55 (June 2007), 7-17.


  • History 2018. North American Indian History, c. 1450-1814  - Syllabus (PDF)