Frank Leon Roberts’s major fields of expertise are in 20th century African American literature; contemporary U.S. social movements; race and ethnicity studies; and contemporary art, media, and performance. At the broadest level, much of his work considers how writers, artists, media-makers and everyday people have responded to the ongoing crisis of racial inequity in the United States.
Roberts has held teaching appointments at The City University of New York, Hunter College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and The New School for Social Research. He has been the recipient of the Ford Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the National Academies as well as the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library Fellowship at Emory University.
A graduate of Gallatin (BA’ 04) he is a three-time recipient of the NYU President’s Service Award as well as the winner of an NYU Michael Parkes Distinguished Alumni Award.
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