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Diane Roberts

Diane Roberts, photo by Becki Rutta
Diane Roberts, photo by Becki Rutta

Diane Roberts is an eighth-generation Floridian, educated at Florida State University and Oxford University, where she earned a doctorate degree. Her work has appeared in the Atlantic, New York Times, Washington Post, New Republic, Guardian, and the Tampa Bay Times. She is a long-time essayist for National Public Radio, a commentator for the BBC, and a contributing editor at Oxford American, as well as a political columnist for the Florida Phoenix.

Her essays have been included in The Best American Essays and The Best American Food Writing. She is the author of several scholarly books, as well as literary nonfiction including Dream State, an historical memoir of Florida, and Tribal: College Football and the Secret Heart of America. She is currently working on a book about her upbringing in the white lady industrial complex and how the United States continues to be haunted by race.

Roberts is the University Alumni Distinguished Writer and a professor of English at Florida State University. She lives in Tallahassee, but flees to England periodically for a break from the “Orbanization” of her home state.


selected bibliography

Tribal by Diane Roberts
Tribal: College Football and the Secret Heart of America (2015)
Dream State by Diane Roberts
Dream State: Eight Generations of Swamp Lawyers, Conquistadors, Confederate Daughters, Banana Republicans, and Other Florida Wildlife (2004)
The Myth of Aunt Jemima by Diane Roberts
The Myth of Aunt Jemima (1994)
Faulkner and Southern Womanhood by Diane Roberts
Faulkner and Southern Womanhood (1994)

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online resources

Diane Roberts’s faculty page at FSU

Video: Roberts at the Miami Book Fair