Statement of Research:
Robin Roe is a third year doctoral student working with Dr. Carlos Blanton and specializes in natural disaster and comparative race history. Her dissertation research analyzes the language of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and immigration in newspaper reports of weather-related natural disasters in Texas and the Southwest in the early 1900s. These disasters present a window to a moment when this language was unusually visible, demonstrating how it was used to shape and manipulate public perceptions and to justify transformations in society and control over potential disorderly elements.
- The Portal to Texas History Research Fellowship (2017–18)
- Excellence Award 2016, Best Paper Submitted by a PhD Student, 7th Annual Texas A&M University History Conference, April 2016 for “On the Borders of Disaster”