Georgia Roberts

Georgia Roberts


Ph.D. English, University of Washington, Seattle
M.A. English, University of Washington, Seattle
B.A. English and Ethnic Studies (minor), University of California, Berkeley

Email: gmr2@uw.edu
Mailing: Box 358511, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011


Each of us approaches education from a unique social location, a personal history and context.  I often teach through the rubric of popular culture because it's one of those places where our understanding of the world may likely ‘overlap' and intersect. I am not suggesting that we always agree on the definition and/or the merits of popular culture; quite the contrary. However, I believe culture becomes ‘popular' because it speaks to something familiar in our understanding of ourselves as social beings - for better or for worse. The key is tracing out what that ‘something' is and learning from it in a way that informs an active response to the present. I strongly believe that knowledge is made both inside and outside of the classroom, and for this reason, I encourage an ethics of mutual respect, difficult dialogue, and persistent, critical reflection about our practices in the university and in our various communities.

Courses Taught

BCUSP 107: Globalization and the Aesthetics of Hip Hop
BCUSP 120: Hip Hop Autobiographies
BCUSP 131: Learning to Lead: Collaboration in Diverse Contexts
BIS 265: Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies
BIS 313: Issues in Media Studies: Bigger than Hip Hop-Music, Media and Politics
BIS 351: Topics in American Culture: The Textual Appeal of Tupac Shakur
BIS 370: 19th Century American Literature
BIS 371: 20th Century American Realism: from Henry James to Jay Z
BIS 379 American Ethnic Literature
BIS 490: Senior Seminar: Hip Hop and the Art of Visual Storytelling
BIS 490: Senior Seminar: The Chronicles of Ye: Kanye West and the Hero’s Journey
BISAES 367: Race, Ethnicity and Immigration


My research interests include global hip hop culture, American and Comparative Cultural Studies, Critical Race Theory, Comparative Ethnic Studies and public scholarship. I am also interested in late nineteenth century American literature, realism and turn-of-the-century political and practical (everyday) conceptions of race, nation and empire.

Projects and Publications

“White Privilege 2,” with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, 2016. http://whiteprivilege2.com/

Collaborative Futures: Critical Reflections on Publicly Active Graduate Education, co-edited with Amanda Gilvin. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2012.

"Many Moons: Hip Hop, Global Mass Culture & The Planetary Popular". On The Boards Podcast, February, 2010.

"Affect, Ethics, and the Imaginative Geographies of Permanent War: An Interview with Derek Gregory." With Keith P. Feldman and Anoop Mirpuri. Theory & Event 12.3 (2009).

"Antiracism and Environmental Justice in an Age of Neoliberalism: An Interview with Van Jones." With Keith P. Feldman and Anoop Mirpuri. Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography 41.3 (2009): 401-415.

Honors and Awards

  • 2019-2020 UW Bothell Division of Student Affairs "Faculty Champion Award" recipient 
  • 2009-2010: Associated Students of the University of Washington Bothell (ASUWB) "Annual Faculty Award" recipient
  • 2009-2010: Principal Investigator, “Reading Group at Stafford Creek,” funded by the Walter Chapin Simpson Center
  • 2006-2007: University of Washington Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2004, 2006, 2008: Publicly Active Graduate Education Fellowship, Imagining America
  • 2004-2006: Co-Principal Investigator, “Public Rhetorics and Permanent War,” funded by the Walter Chapin Simpson Center