Samuel K. Roberts

Associate Professor of History and Sociomedical Sciences
Columbia University

Samuel Roberts is Associate Professor of History (Columbia University) and Associate Professor ofSociomedical Sciences (Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University).  He writes, teaches, and lectures widely on African-American history, the history of public health, urban history, and the history of social movements.  His book, titled Infectious Fear: Politics, Disease, and the Health Effects of Segregation(University of North Carolina Press, 2009) is an exploration of the political economy of health and tuberculosis control between the late nineteenth century and the mid-twentieth century, a periodization which encompasses both the Jim Crow era and the period from the bacteriological revolution to the advent of antimicrobial therapies.  Contrary to conventional interpretations, Roberts argues that the local politics of race and labor greatly influenced the evolution of antituberculosis measures and the development of the early public health state.  He has held several fellowships, including the Thurgood Marshall Dissertation Fellowship; the Schomburg Center for Black History and Culture (New York Public Library) Scholar in Residence Fellowship; a fellowship at the Dorothy and Lewis Cullman Center for Writers and Scholars; and a Career Development Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.  Roberts earned the degree of AB in History and African-American Studies at the University of Virginia, and his MA and Ph.D. in History at Princeton University.