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Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

Cultural History

Kyle Roberts

Title/s: Assistant Professor

Office #: Crown Center 548

Phone: 773.508.2215

E-mail: kroberts2@luc.edu

CV Link: Roberts CV


Kyle Roberts (Williams College, BA '95; University of Pennsylvania, MA, PhD '07) is Assistant Professor of Public History and New Media in the History Department at Loyola University. He teaches courses on public history, digital humanities, religion, and North America and the Atlantic World in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries.  He is the Coordinator of the History Undergraduate Internship Program; the Co-Director of the Honors Program in History; and the Project Director of the Jesuit Libraries Project, an initiative to recreate Loyola's first library catalogue in a virtual library system, and the Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project, a virtual archive documenting the history of acquisition and use of Loyola's original library books.

Professor Roberts’ scholarship explores the intersection of religion, urbanization, and print culture in the eighteenth and nineteenth-century Atlantic World.  His first book, Evangelical Gotham: Religion and the Making of New York City, 1783-1860(Chicago, forthcoming), explores the underappreciated role the religious played in shaping the growth of the modernizing American city.  Evangelical Gotham uses a broad range of source material and cutting-edge digital technologies to understand the urban religion of antebellum Evangelicals.   As a postdoctoral fellow at Queen Mary, University of London from 2009-2011, he worked with a team of researchers, archivists, and technical advisors to createDissenting Academies Online: Virtual Library System, an innovative reconstruction of the holdings and borrowings of the leading English dissenting academies. This novel Virtual Library System sets a new standard in the study of historic libraries and reader reception.  He is also the author of several past and forthcoming articles and essays on book history.  His 2010 article “Rethinking The New-England Primer,” won the 2013 Schiller Prize from the Bibliographical Society of America.

Before coming to Loyola, Professor Roberts was the Hench Post-Dissertation Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society (2007-2008) and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Georgetown University (2008-2009).

Professor Roberts worked for several years in the museum field at Harvard University before graduate school and continues to be actively interested in the connections between public history and the digital humanities.  He is a founder and former convenor of the London Digital Humanities Working Group and the New Media Editor for Common-place, the premier online journal of early American history, literature, and culture.

Research Interests

Public History, Digital Humanities, Early America, Atlantic World, Religion, Urban History, Print Culture, Material Culture.

Courses Taught

Selected Publications

Evangelical Gotham: Religion and the Making of New York City, 1783-1860 (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming)

"Digitisation and Collaboration in the Study of Religious History,” with Rosemary Dixon and Simon Dixon in Linda Woodhead, ed. How to Research Religion: Putting Methods into Practice  (Oxford University Press, 2013)

Dissenting Academies Online: Virtual Library System, with Rosemary Dixon and Dmitri Iourinski, (Dr Williams’s Centre for Dissenting Studies, 2011)

“Rethinking The New-England Primer,” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 104:4 (December 2010)

“Locating Popular Religion in the Evangelical Tract: The Roots and Routes of The Dairyman’s Daughter,” Early American Studies, Spring 2006


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