Nancy Roberts

An expert on the history of journalism and communication and on literary journalism, with a special interest in the history of advocacy journalism.

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Nancy Roberts

Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Program in Jounalism

Expertise:
History of journalism and communication; literary journalism; media and society; war and the media.

Campus phone: (518) 442-4884
Campus email: nroberts@albany.edu

Biography:

Professor Nancy L. Roberts’s research focuses on the history of journalism and communication and on literary journalism, with a special interest in the history of advocacy journalism. Recent publications focus on Dorothy Day, Meridel LeSueur, Jacob Riis, Barbara Ehrenreich, and other advocacy journalists.

Her books include Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker, The Press and America: An Interpretive History of the Mass Media (with M. and E. Emery); and “As Ever, Gene”: The Letters of Eugene O’Neill to George Jean Nathan (coeditor).

She is the book review editor for Literary Journalism Studies, published by the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies. She is the past president of the American Journalism Historians Association and past head, History Division, of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, as well as the former book review editor for American Journalism.

Roberts, who grew up in Utica, was a professor of journalism and mass communication at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities from 1984-2004. She also taught at the University of Rhode Island (1982-83). She joined the University at Albany as professor in 2004. 

She earned a B.A. in history at Swarthmore College, an M.A. in American studies at Brown University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in mass communication at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Her article about the literary journalism of advocacy was named the best article published in Literary Journalism Studies (2015). She has also published numerous magazine and newspaper articles (some with her photographs) in publications that include Commonweal, Christian Century, U.S. Art, Americana, Christian Science Monitor, Philadelphia Inquirer, Providence Journal, Minneapolis Tribune, Small Business, Instructor, Albany Times Union, and American Bookseller.