Dr. Timothy M. Roberts

Associate Professor

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Read Dr. Roberts's China blog at www.robertsinchina.WORDPRESS.com

Andrew Mellon Fellowship Winner -- National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow



Dr. Timothy Roberts joined the Department in the Fall of 2008 as an historian of nineteenth-century American history. He received his D.Phil. in 1998 from the University of Oxford. From 2002 until 2008 he was an Assistant Professor of History at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, where he served as the Coordinator for the U.S. History program. He regularly offers Western's  courses  on the Early Republic/antebellum era [History 414(G)] and the Civil War and Reconstruction [History 415(G)], as well as American Legal History [History 303], the first half of the U.S. survey [History 105], and  graduate seminars on nineteenth-century U.S. history. He has developed new courses on "America in the World" and on the history of modern slavery and abolition.

Dr. Roberts has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including two Andrew Mellon Foundation Research Fellowships, to fund his research at the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Virginia State Historical Society. He also was the recipient of three National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)/American Library Association (ALA) grants for the study of the Civil War and the American civil rights movement, as well as the Joan Nordell Visiting Fellowship from Harvard University's Houghton Library for study of American missionaries. He been selected to participate in two NEH Summer Institutes, and in 2006 won the Ralph D. Gray Best Article Prize from the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic. He has also won research grants from the London Royal Historical Society and Oxford University's Faculty of Modern History. in 2013 Roberts received a U.S. Fulbright lectureship to teach at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. To read his blog about this experience subscribe to www.robertsinchina.wordpress.com.

Prof. Roberts's research focuses on nineteenth-century U.S. and Atlantic history. His first book,  Distant Revolutions: 1848 and the Challenge to American Exceptionalism , was published by the University of Virginia Press in July 2009. In 2012 he published  American Exceptionalism, 4 Volume collection (London: Chatto & Pickering, 2012)a four volume collection of annotated documents on the history of American exceptionalism, co-edited with Dr. Lindsay DiCuirci. He has published articles and book reviews in the  American Historical Review, the  Journal of American History, the Journal of the Early Republic, Patterns of Prejudice, Journal of the Historical Society He has also written for the History News Networkthe Chronicle of Higher Educationand The Diplomat .


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