Kodi Roberts

Kodi Roberts

Associate Professor
237C Himes Hall


Courses taught

2061: African Americans in U.S. History; 

3119: Race and Racial Ideologies in the U.S.;

3119: Voodoo & Race in America;

7956: Race, Crime, & Prison

3119: Radicalism and Resistance via African American Religion; 

3119: The Black Panther Party and Black Power in America.


Current Research Interests

Moribund Religion: Black Panthers, Angola Prison, and the Politics of Race and Faith in the late 20th Century.


Interested in Directing Theses On 

Intersections between race and religion; Afro-Atlantic Religion; the politics of race and resistance movements in the United States.



BA, Louisiana State University; History and Religious Studies (2001)

MA, University of New Orleans (2003)

PhD, University of Chicago; History (2012)


Awards and Honors

University of Chicago Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture Dissertation Fellowship (2010-11); University of Chicago Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture Prize Lectureship (2009); University of Chicago Trustees Fellowship (2004-09)


n.d. "The Secret and Irreligious Doctrines of Voodooism: Institutionalization versus Cultural Stigma in New Orleans Civil Court," The Journal of Church and State.

2015.  Voodoo & Power: The Politics of Religion in New Orleans, 1889-1940 (LSU Press).

2014. “The Bisness: The Centrality of Economics and Local Culture to Business Models in New Orleans Voodoo” in S. Striffler & T. Adams eds. Working in the Big Easy: The History and Politics of Labor in New Orleans, From Slavery to Post-Katrina. University of New Orleans Press (under contract).