Tom Roberts

Tom Roberts has taught history at RISD since 1984, focusing on propaganda, war, sports and the history of television. Before that he was executive director for 22 years of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH). He recently was presented with RICH’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his extensive body of diverse cultural work as an educator, writer, performer, producer and leader. He has earned multiple honors over the course of his career, including seven Emmy Award nominations from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences New England Chapter, a nomination for Grammy Award for Best Children’s Recording, a nomination for Academy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Short Subject and several certificates of merit from the American Association for State and Local History. He also earned RISD’s 2017 Robert R. Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Wintersession 2019 Courses

  • HPSS-WS85-01 Musical Theatre As Social Commentary

Spring 2019 Courses

  • HPSS-S597-01 Propaganda
  • BA, College of the Holy Cross
  • MS, Boston University


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