Dr. Andrea Roberts is a Community & Regional Planning and Historic Preservation researcher, writer and educator. She is a 2016-2017 Emerging Scholar Fellowship in Race and Gender in the Built Environment of the American City at the University of Texas at Austin's School of Architecture. Her research and teaching interests include community development, African American Studies, historic preservation policy, participatory action research, urban finance and development, planning history and theory, and cultural landscapes. Her postdoctoral research explores African American diasporas and heritage through ethnographic study and documentation of the history of African American placemaking and planning in early ex-slave settlements as well as contemporary grassroots planning and social constructions of "free Black " communities. She brings to her research and writing more than a decade of experience in community and economic development, public management, and planning.
While pursuing her doctoral degree, she supported outreach and beta testing for the Austin Historical Survey Wiki, a crowdsourcing architectural survey application. In 2012, she created and served as Project Manager for The Fifth Street Project, a community-based planning initiative and market study conducted under the auspices of the Center for Sustainable Development at UT.
Andrea holds a MA in Governmental Administration and Public Finance from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Political Science and Women’s Studies from Vassar College. She has served as a City of Austin Historic Landmark Commissioner.