Participant Info

First Name
Alaina E.
Last Name
University of Pittsburgh
Website URL
African American, Native American, African Diaspora, nineteenth century, 19th century, United States, West, South, race, family, migration, Black, Indian, Black Indian, Indigenous, Indigenous people, mixed race, mixed-race, Black-Indian, family history, Civil War, Reconstruction, tribal citizenship, Native American citizenship, museums
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Personal Info

About Me

Alaina E. Roberts is a historian who studies the intersection of Black and Native American life from the Civil War to the modern day.

She writes, teaches, and presents public talks about Black and Native history in the West, family history, slavery in the Five Tribes (the Chickasaw, Choctaw, Cherokee, Creek, and Seminole Nations), 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 an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh. Her first book, I’ve Been Here All the While: Black Freedom on Native Land, draws on archival research and family history to upend the traditional story of Reconstruction. Roberts connects debates about Black freedom and Native American citizenship to westward expansion on to Native land.

Recent Publications


Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
North America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
American Civil War, Colonialism, Emancipation, Family, Indigenous Peoples, Migration & Immigration, Museums, Public History, Race, Slavery