Listen to Dr. Roberts's interview with WVON 1690am: The Talk of Chicago!


Alaina E. Roberts is a historian of nineteenth century North America. She specializes in African American and Native American life in the Civil War and Reconstruction Eras.

Dr. Roberts also writes, teaches, and gives public talks about Black and Native history in the west, family history, slavery in the Five Tribes, Native American enrollment politics, Indigeneity in North America and across the globe, Black and Native American portrayals in the media, and identity.

Dr. Roberts is currently the Dietrich Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh, and in the Fall of 2019 she will transition to an Assistant Professor of History position at Pitt. She holds a Doctorate in History from Indiana University. A born and bred Californian, Dr. Roberts received her Bachelor of Arts in History, with honors, from the University of California, Santa Barbara.