Strother E. Roberts

Assistant Professor of History


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304 Dudley Coe Building

Teaching this semester

HIST 2018. North American Indian History, c. 1450-1814

The indigenous peoples of North America have long and diverse histories stretching back over 15,000 years. Since the uniting of the world’s two hemispheres at the turn of the sixteenth century, native communities have faced numerous challenges and fallen victim to often unimaginable hardship. Native cultures showed considerable adaptability in the face of these challenges. Through centuries of imperial oppression, American Indians proved determined in fighting for their rights and insisting on their proper place in an evolving environmental, political, and social landscape. These shared struggles led to a dawning sense of a pan-Indian racial and cultural identity in the early nineteenth century. This course is part of the following field(s) of study: United States.

HIST 2503. Radically Conservative?: Unraveling the Politics of the American Revolution

Seminar. Different scholars have presented the American Revolution as either a radically egalitarian movement for universal human rights or as a fundamentally conservative rebellion led by elite men striving to protect their wealth and power from both the British Parliament and those occupying the lower rungs of American society. Unraveling the often-competing motives of Americans during the Revolution requires an understanding of the words and actions of Revolutionaries in light of their contemporary cultures and societies. Frequently this necessitates putting aside modern claims about what the Revolution means to better understand the interests and ideologies that underlay this foundational era of US history. 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)