Diane Roberts

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Diane K. Roberts
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Born Tallahassee, Florida, US[1]
Occupation Professor, columnist, author
Nationality American

Diane Roberts is an American author, columnist, essayist, radio commentator, reviewer and professor. She is the author of three books and a documentary-maker for the BBC.[2]


Roberts has been a commentator for NPR since 1993,[3] a political columnist for the St. Petersburg Times, a journalist for the New York Times,[4] the Guardian,[5] the Washington Post,[5] the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Orlando Sentinel.[6]

Roberts is professor of literature and writing at Florida State University[7] and a visiting fellow in creative writing at the University of Northumbria in England, specializing in Southern United States culture.[5]


An eighth-generation Floridian whose family has lived in Florida since 1799,[1] Roberts is related to numerous famous Floridians, including Florida’s 19th Governor Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, and L. Clayton Roberts who was director of Florida’s Division of Elections during the 2000 US presidential election.[3] Roberts attended Brasenose College, Oxford as a Marshall Scholar.



  • Dream State: Eight Generations of Swamp Lawyers, Conquistadors, Confederate Daughters, Banana Republicans, and other Florida Wildlife Free Press, 2004.
  • Faulkner and Southern Womanhood, University of Georgia Press, 1993.
  • The Myth of Aunt Jemima, Routledge, 1994.



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