Nathan Roberts




Visiting Assistant Professor Nathan Roberts
Tribble B110
(336) 758-5386 





Nathan grew up in Topeka, KS where he first entered college as a stage actor. He has
lived in various places in the United States including Lafayette, LA; Ft Collins, CO; and
Seattle, WA. In Seattle, he attended the University of Washington and taught in both the
History and American Indian Studies departments. His work focuses on the connection
between U.S. environmental history, national identity and imperialism. He has conducted
research in Manila, Washington DC, Seattle, and Durham. Nathan’s dissertation
examines the U.S.-initiated forestry program in the Philippines between 1900 and 1937.


BA:     University of Washington, 2005
PhD.:  University of Washington, 2012 (anticipated fall 2012)

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“The Death of Peter Stump,” Columbia: The Magazine of Northwest History (Fall 2008): 24-31.

“U.S. Forestry in the Philippines: Environmental Reform, Economic Development, and Nationhood, 1900-1937,” PhD Dissertation, University of Washington, expected November 2012.

In Progress:  “The Dipterocarp Revelation in the Philippines, 1900-1909.” Article in preparation for submission to Environmental History.


HST 108 Americas and the World

This course explores large-scale social, political, and economic trends that connected North andSouth Americato the rest of the globe as well as the lives of individuals who experienced those changes. The course uses readings such as scholarly texts, historical documents, autobiographies, and other first-person accounts to examine how people understood and interpreted imperial expansions, slavery, revolutions, political power, work, human difference, environments, and the movements of ideas and materials. Ultimately, this course investigates the tensions between broad changes over time and individuals’ stories about those changes. Such an approach illuminates the diverse ways in which people viewed their world, their singular and collective power to change it, and the larger structures of power that limited or supported their actions.