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Professor Roberts

Samuel Roberts (AB, University of Virginia; MA & PhD Princeton University) is Associate Professor of History (School of Arts and Sciences) and Sociomedical Sciences (the Mailman School of Public Health).  He writes, teaches, and lectures widely on the history of medicine and public health, urban history, and the history of social movements, focusing particularly on African Americans and Latinas/os in these contexts.  His book, titled Infectious Fear: Politics, Disease, and the Health Effects of Segregation (University of North Carolina Press, 2009) is an exploration of the political economy of health and tuberculosis control between the late nineteenth century and the mid-twentieth century, a periodization which encompasses both the Jim Crow era and the period from the bacteriological revolution to the advent of antimicrobial therapies.  Dr. Roberts is currently writing a book on the history of heroin addiction treatment in the urban context, 1950s-1990s, in which he is particularly interested in the history of drug use epidemiology, social movements and demands for treatment, methadone maintenance, anti-drug law, and the historical roots of harm reduction. He is also the Director of Columbia’s Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS – please feel free to talk to him about being an IRAAS major or concentrator, or about IRAAS courses!).

 Since January 2011, Dr. Roberts has been the Faculty in Residence (FIR) at Columbia College’s West Campus, where he lives with his partner, Dr. Christina Greer (BA in Political Science and Classics, Tufts University 2000; MPhil in Political Science, Columbia University 2005; PhD in Political Science, Columbia University, 2008). Greer is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Fordham University, Lincoln Center. Dr. Greer writes and teaches about race, ethnicity, labor, and political opinion, specializing in black American and black immigrant (Caribbean and African) political behavior and opinion. Her book, Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream was published on Oxford University Press in 2013. At Fordham, she teaches courses in African American politics, U.S. Congress, urban political processes, and quantitative research methods in Political Science. She also regularly teaches the department’s Introduction to United States Politics lecture course. Greer is a board member and officer of Project Vote, and regularly appears in print, radio, and television media in commentary on politics. 

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