Frank Leon Roberts situates his teaching, writing, and research in three broad fields: 20th century African American literature; African American aesthetics (including contemporary black art, media, performance and popular culture) and histories of American democracy (particularly histories of contemporary black freedom organizing and leftist grassroots politics in the post-civil rights era). He has held teaching positions at Hunter College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the City University of New York, various divisions at NYU, the New School for Public Engagement and the W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute at Princeton University. Among the scholarly awards and distinctions his research has garnered include the Ford Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, the Rare Manuscripts and Archives Research Fellowship at Emory University and the CLAGS Fellowship from the City University of New York. A graduate of NYU, he is the recipient of the 2015 NYU Distinguished Alumni Award as well as the MLK Trailblazer Award from the NYU Center for Multicultural Education.
Teaching and Research Interests
20thcentury African American literature; African American drama; Black media, performance, and popular culture; American democracy and politics in the wake of the Civil Rights Movement; African American religious and political thought
B.A., New York University, 2004 M.A., New York University, 2005