Professor Blain RobertsBlain Roberts

Associate Professor

Office: Social Sciences 118


Office phone: 278-8677

PhD - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
MA - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
M. Litt. - University of St. Andrews
BA - Princeton University

Research/Teaching Interests:

20th Century U.S.; U.S. Women's and Gender History; U.S. Cultural History; the American South; Memory; Historical Tourism

Select Publications:


Pageants, Parlors, and Pretty Women: Race and Beauty in the Twentieth-Century South, University of North Carolina Press, 2014.  Named a Publishers Weekly Notable African American Title for 2014.

Struggling with Slavery in the Cradle of the Confederacy: Memory and the "Peculiar Institution" in Charleston, South Carolina. Book manuscript under revision for publication [co-authored with Ethan J. Kytle].

Articles and Book Chapters: 

"Uncovering the Confederacy of the Mind, Or How I Became a Belle of the Ball in Denmark Vesey's Church," Southern Cultures 19 (Fall 2013): 6-25.

"Looking the Thing in the Face: Slavery, Race, and the Commemorative Landscape of Race in Charleston, South Carolina, 1865-2010," Journal of Southern History 78 (August 2012): 639-684. [co-authored with Ethan J. Kytle]

"'Is It Okay to Talk about Slaves?': Segregating the Past in Historic Charleston," in Karen L. Cox, ed., Destination Dixie: Tourism and Southern History (University Press of Florida, 2012). [co-authored with Ethan J. Kytle] 

"A New Cure for Brightleaf Tobacco: The Origins of the Tobacco Queen during the Great Depression, Southern Cultures 12 (Summer 2006): 30-52. 

Op-ed essays for the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Huffington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Durham Herald-Sun, LA Progressive, the History News Network, and Process: A Blog for American History

Courses Offered:

U.S History, 1877 to the Present
U.S. Women's History
U.S. Cultural History, 1877 to the Present
History and Women's Autobiography
Advanced Historical Research and Writing

Introduction to Graduate Writing and Historiography
The Civil Rights Movement
Memory and Southern History

Work in Progress:

I am currently co-writing a book with my colleague Ethan J. Kytle on the memory of slavery in Charleston, South Carolina, from the end of the Civil War to the present.