College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Brian Roberts

  • History

    Faculty - Professor of History


    Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1995

    Research Interests

    Professor Roberts is the author of two books on United States culture. His first book, American Alchemy: The California Gold Rush and Middle-Class Culture (2000), won awards for best work on the cultural history of the American West. His second book is Blackface Nation: Race, Reform, and Identity in American Popular Music, 1812-1925 (2017). He is currently working on a cultural history of hunting in the United States, tentatively titled Killing Bambi: Sport Hunting and American Popular Culture, 1890-1970.

    Teaching Interests

    Dr. Roberts teaches Environmental History, U. S. Popular Culture, History on Film, Labor History, Introduction to the Study of History, and American Civilization.