Frank Roberts is a a university-level educator based in New York City. He currently teaches in the Gallatin School at NYU (where he teaches “Race, Ethnicity, and Popular Culture”), the English department at Hunter College (where he teaches “Black Women Writers” and “20th Century African American Literature”) and the African American Studies department at John Jay/CUNY (where he teaches “Race and Ethnicity in America”). In addition, he has previously held university-level teaching positions in Princeton University’s W.E.B. Dubois Scholars Institute, NYU’s College of Arts and Science, and The New School for Public Engagement’s Department of Media Studies, among others. Roberts received his B.A. in English and African American Studies from NYU’s Gallatin School, his M.A. from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and is currently completing his doctorate (Ph.D.) in NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science.




A recipient of the Ford Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, he has held additional academic appointments and/or scholarly research fellowships from Emory University, Yale University, and the University of California at Berkeley.




A public intellectual committed to bridging the gap between scholarly inquiry and grassroots political activism, he is the former research assistant to the late attorney Johnnie Cochran of the Cochran Law Firm in New York City. He is also a co-founder, with New York Times best-selling author Keith Boykin, of the National Black Justice Coalition—a public policy/advocacy nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C.




His writings on black popular culture and politics have appeared in The Village Voice, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Root.Com, The Daily Voice, and The Huffington Post, among many others.
















A New York City native born in 1982, he lives in Harlem.






































Professor Roberts’ courses for the 2012-2013 academic year include:

@Princeton University W.E.B. Dubois Scholars Institute | “Literature, Philosophy, and Social Criticism” (Syllabus Link)
@New York University | “Race, Ethnicity, and Popular Culture” (Syllabus Link)
@Hunter College/City University of New York Department of English | “20th African American Literature” (Syllabus)
@Hunter College
/City University of New York, Department of English | “Black Women Writers in the U.S.” (Syllabus Link)
@John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Department of African American Studies | “Race and Ethnicity in America” (Syllabus Link)








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