Strother E. Roberts

Assistant Professor of History


Contact Information
304 Dudley Coe Building

Teaching this semester

HIST 1340. The Global Origins of America

Strother Roberts
From the fifteenth century through the early nineteenth, global forces integrated the lands, ecosystems, and human communities of North America into an increasingly wide but tightly knit network of commerce, migration, and ideas. Topics covered while exploring these early global networks include: native responses to European trade and disease; how a desire for Asian commodities drove Spain’s conquest of Mexico; how the near-extinction of beaver in Europe promoted the founding of New England and New France; the importance of addictive substances (like sugar and tobacco) in the development of the trans-Atlantic slave trade; and how a drought in Bangladesh led to the birth of the United States. This course is part of the following field(s) of study: United States, Colonial Worlds, Atlantic Worlds. It also fulfills the pre-modern requirement for history majors.


  • 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)