Dr. Andrea Roberts is an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at Texas A&M University. She is also the founder of The Texas Freedom Colonies Project, a research & social justice initiative documenting Black placemaking history and grassroots preservation. Dr. Roberts engages in ethnographic, archival, and action research using digital humanities platforms to make marginalized groups' endangered places visible and relevant to scholars, policymakers, and practitioners. Dr. Roberts has written peer-reviewed articles on black placemaking history and practice, digital engagement, intersectionality, and preservation policy. Her current project is a book on Black historic preservation practice. The Urban Affairs Association recognized her with the 2019 Marilyn J. Gittell Activist Scholar Honorable Mention Award. She is also a 2020 Visiting Scholar at Yale's Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition and a 2019 recipient of a National Trust African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund grant. Dr. Roberts earned a Ph.D. in community and regional planning at The University of Texas at Austin.
- The University of Texas at Austin - (Austin, Texas, United States), Postdoctoral Training 2017
- D.Phil. in COMMUNITY AND REGIONAL PLANNING, The University of Texas at Austin - (Austin, Texas, United States) 2016
- M.A. in GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION, University of Pennsylvania - (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States) 2006
- A.B. in POLITICAL SCIENCE, Vassar College - (Poughkeepsie, New York, United States) 1996
- Roberts, A., & Matos, M. (2020). Adaptive liminality: Bridging and bonding social capital between urban and rural Black meccas. Journal of Urban Affairs. 1-22.
- Roberts, A., & Kelly, G. (2019). Remixing as Praxis Arnstein's Ladder Through the Grassroots Preservationist's Lens. Journal of the American Planning Association. 85(3), 301-320.
- Roberts, A., & Biazar, M. J. (2019). Black Placemaking in Texas: Sonic and Social Histories of Newton and Jasper County Freedom Colonies. Current Research in Digital History. 2,
- Roberts, A. A. (2018). Performance as place preservation: The role of storytelling in the formation of Shankleville Community's Black counterpublics. Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage. 5(3), 146-165.
- Bates, L. K., Towne, S. A., Jordan, C. P., & Lelliott, K. L. (2018). Race and Spatial Imaginary: Planning Otherwise. Planning Theory and Practice. 19(2), 254-256.
- Minner, J., Roberts, A., Holleran, M., & Conrad, J. (2018). A smart city remembers its past: Citizens as sensors in survey and mapping of historic places. New Approaches, Methods, and Tools in Urban E-Planning. (pp. 95-129). IGI Global.
Institutional Repository Documents5
- ROBERTS, A., & Biazar, M. (2018). THE TEXAS FREEDOM COLONIES PROJECT ATLAS & STUDY.
- Roberts, A. (2017). Documenting and Preserving Texas Freedom Colonies.
- Roberts, A., Gimon, A. G., Guajardo, J., & Brigmon, N. (2014). The Fifth Street Neighborhood Plan & Market Study A Report on the Fifth Street Planning Process for Fort Bend County, Texas.
- PESCA awarded by Texas A&M University - (College Station, Texas, United States) 2018 - 2019