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Research

Dr. Roberts is currently working on her first book manuscript, titled, I’ve Been Here All the While: Settler Colonialism and Black Reconstruction. In this manuscript, she argues that white expansion onto Native land in Indian Territory enabled a western Reconstruction project in which Indian freedpeople (the former slaves of members of the Chickasaw, Cherokee, Creek, Seminole, and Choctaw Nations) and Black Americans were able to obtain land, build communities, and enjoy certain rights and freedoms. Dr. Roberts connects events and discourses occurring in Indian Territory about belonging and Black and Native identity during the Reconstruction and Statehood Eras to the contemporary debates about nationhood and African American personhood occurring in the United States.