Wendy Raphael Roberts

Assistant Professor


Ph.D. Northwestern University

Humanities 341

Early American and transatlantic literature, especially poetry and evangelical literature; secular studies; eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Native American literature

Professor Roberts joined the faculty in 2013 after receiving her Ph.D. in English from Northwestern University and her Masters in English from the University of Arizona. She researches and teaches within the field of early American literature with a focus on poetry, evangelical culture, Native American writing, and conceptions of the secular. Her book in progress, “Redeeming Verse: The Poetics of Revivalism,” rethinks the sources of British North American poetry through the everyday poetic practices of the most influential cultural transformation prior to the American Revolution: evangelicalism.

Recent Awards:

Provost’s Research Grant. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University. 2013-2014.

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. The Woodrow Wilson National

     Fellowship Foundation. 2009-2010.

E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Fellow in Early American Religious Studies. The McNeil

     Center for Early American Studies. University of Pennsylvania, 2010.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship. The Huntington Library. Summer 2010.

Kate B. and Hall J. Peterson Fellowship. American Antiquarian Society. April 2009.

Lipking-Newberry Fellowship. The Newberry Library. Fall 2008.

Recent Publications:

Forthcoming: “Phillis Wheatley’s Sarah Moorhead: An Initial Inquiry.” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America.

“Demand My Voice: Hearing God in Eighteenth-Century American Poetry.” Early American Literature. Special Issue: “Methods for the Study of Religion in Early American Literature.” 45.1 (2010). 119-44.

“Charles Sheldon’s In His Steps in the Context of Regionalist Fiction.” Rocky Mountain E-Review of Language and Literature. 61.2 (2007). 

 “Gnosis in Aemilia Lanyer's Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum.” The Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature. 59.2 (2005). 11-28.

Recent Talks & Lectures:

“Revival Poetry and Race, 1740-1770.” Poetry and Print in Early America Symposium held at the American Antiquarian Society and sponsored by the Bibliographical Society of America. Worcester, MA. September 2012.

“Poetic Conversion and Evangelical Revision in the Life of the Rev. James Ireland.” The McNeil Center for Early American Studies. University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, PA. April 2011.

Recent Undergraduate Seminars: 

At UAlbany:

Early American Poetry (Spring 2014)

The Literature of Evangelicalism and Enlightenment (Spring 2014)

First Contact (Fall 2013)

At Northwestern:

Evangelicals and Politics (Spring 2013)

Shakespeare’s Power (Spring 2013)

The Noble, The Savage, The Vanished, and Other Myths (Winter 2013)

Shakespeare in Love (Fall 2012)