Dr. Natalie Robertson Dr. Natalie Robertson Associate Professor Location:Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall248 Phone: Expertise:Transatlantic slave trade; the process of enslavement; slave trade protocol; the commodification of the black body

Dr. Natalie S. Robertson is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Detroit where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. As a Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow, she obtained a Master of Arts degree in Museum Studies from Hampton University; and, she holds a Master of Arts degree (and Ph.D.) in American Studies from the University of Iowa. Dr. Robertson is an award-winning scholar who has held several teaching and research appointments at prestigious institutions in the United States and in Britain, including the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, the United States National Slavery Museum (by appointment of The Honorable L. Douglas Wilder), and the Advanced Studies in England Program, in association with University College, Oxford, where she taught her signature seminar course entitled "A Semiotic Exploration of the Triangular Slave Trade."

Dr. Robertson is also the recipient of the Stanley Fellowship, the PASALA (Project for the Advanced Study of Art and Life in Africa) Fellowship, the UNCF/Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Seminar award (in connection with Spelman College), and the National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Research Award that facilitated her field and archival research in the Republic of Benin, Senegal, and Nigeria, in preparation for publishing her provocative book entitled The Slave Ship Clotilda and the Making of AfricaTown, U.S.A.: Spirit of Our Ancestors, endorsed by Dr. William H. Cosby and nominated for a Library of Virginia Literary Award in the nonfiction category. At Hampton University, Dr. Robertson is an Associate Professor who teaches courses in Khemetic history, West African history, African-American history, and Senior Seminar.


BA (History) - University of Detroit
MA (Museum Studies) - Hampton University
MA, PhD (American Studies) - University of Iowa

Areas of Specialization

Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
African Material Culture

Areas of Instruction at Hampton U

Khemetic History
West African History
African-American History
Senior Thesis

Areas of Current Research

The geographic and cultural origins of West African captives aboard the slave ship Clotilda