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How to find us K.S. (Kathryn) Roberts, PhD

K.S. Roberts, PhD

Assistant Professor of American Studies
K.S. Roberts, PhD

Academic Employment

University of Groningen        
Assistant Professor, Program in American Studies, 2018-

Harvard University                
Lecturer, Department of English, 2017
Head Teaching Fellow, Arts & Humanities, 2016-2017


Harvard University                 
Ph.D., English, 2016
M.A., English, 2011

Duke University                      
B.A., English, Summa cum laude, 2007

Teaching and Research Specialties
Modern American Literature and Culture; History of Cultural Institutions; Creative Work Studies; Aesthetics and Politics in Contemporary U.S. Literature and Media

Grants, Fellowships, and Awards

  • American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellow, 2019-2020
  • Francis James Child Prize for Excellence in Teaching (Harvard 2013)
  • Dexter Fellowships for Dissertation Research (2012 & 2014)

Recent Publications

“The McGurl Era? American Culture and Peak College” in Culture²: Theorizing Theory for the Twenty-First Century, Vol. 1, edited by Frank Kelleter and Alexander Starre, Transcript, forthcoming 2021.

“Our Town, the MacDowell Colony, and the Art of Civic Mediation.” American Literary History, vol. 31, no. 3, 2019, pp. 395–418. 

“Outside Joke: Humorlessness and Masculinity in Richard Wright,” in The Cambridge Companion to Richard Wright, edited by Glenda R. Carpio. Cambridge University Press, 2019.

Last modified:14 January 2021 7.45 p.m.

Contact information

Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26
9712 EK Groningen
The Netherlands

Office: Harmonie 1315.0311

Job title:
Assistant Professor
Secretariat European Languages:
+31 50 36 35850 (Secretariat)

American Studies