- First Name
- Alaina E.
- Last Name
- United States
- PA Pennsylvania
- University of Pittsburgh
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- 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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- About Me
Alaina E. Roberts is a historian of African American and Native American life in the Civil War and Reconstruction Eras.
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. She holds a Doctorate in History from Indiana University and received her Bachelor of Arts in History, with honors, from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
- Recent Publications
Some of my public writing:
- “Who is Native American?: The Elizabeth Warren Saga,” Al Jazeera English, https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/native-american-190220092329850.html
- “When immigrants to America were white,” Al Jazeera English, http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/immigrants-america-white-171101065840053.html
- “A federal court has ruled blood cannot determine tribal citizenship. Here’s why that matters,” The Washington Post, https://t.co/EB5yS0liW0
- “Field Notes: A Hammer and a Mirror: Tribal Disenrollment and Scholarly Responsibility,” Western Historical Quarterly vol. 49, no. 1
- Media Coverage
- Country Focus
- United States
- Expertise by Geography
- North America
- Expertise by Chronology
- 19th century
- Expertise by Topic
- American Civil War, Colonialism, Emancipation, Family, Indigenous Peoples, Migration & Immigration, Museums, Public History, Race, Slavery