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Curriculum Vitae: November 2017

DEREK ROBERTS

Monroe County Community College


Humanities and Social Sciences Division
1555 S Raisinville Rd, Monroe, MI 48161
(734) 384 4156 droberts@monroeccc.edu derekroberts.net

EDUCATION

2012 PhD, Sociology, Michigan State University


Dissertation Title: Authentic Bodies: Subcultural Reactions to the
Mainstreaming of Body Modification

2008 MA, Sociology, Michigan State University

2003 BA, German, Arkansas Tech University, Magna Cum Laude

EMPLOYMENT

2017-Present Associate Professor


Humanities and Social Sciences Division
Monroe County Community College

2015-2017 Lecturer Grade I (Equivalent to Assistant Professor in USA)


Dag Hammarskjld Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies
The Copperbelt University

2013-2015 Assistant Professor


Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work & Criminal Justice
Oakland University

2012-2013 Special Lecturer


Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work
Oakland University

RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS

Culture Race and Ethnicity General Statistics


Group Conflict Social Class Qualitative Methods
Sociology of the Body Urban Sociology Sustainable Development
PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

Roberts, Derek and Simusa Silwamba. Forthcoming. Ethnicity, Politics and Zambian
Youth. Contemporary Social Science.

Roberts, Derek. Forthcoming. Following the Data: From Traditional to Virtual


Ethnography in a Study of Body Modification. In SAGE Research Methods
Cases.

Roberts, Derek. 2017. Subcultural Boundary Maintenance in a Virtual Community for


Body Modification Enthusiasts. International Journal of Cultural Studies 20(4):
361-76.

Roberts, Derek. 2016. Using Dramaturgy to Better Understand Contemporary Western


Tattoos. Sociology Compass: 10(9): 795-804.

Roberts, Derek. 2015. Modified People: Indicators of a Body Modification Subculture in


a Post-Subculture World. Sociology 49(6): 1096-112.

Roberts, Derek. 2012. Secret Ink: Tattoos Place in Contemporary American Culture.
Journal of American Culture 35(2): 153-65.

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

Roberts, Derek. In Press. Getting What They Deserve: Digital Media Readers
Comment on the Cause of Detroits Bankruptcy. REDA Anthology. Berlin,
Germany: Springer VS.

BOOK REVIEWS

Mamann, D. W. 2007. The Politics of Protest: Social Movements in America, by David


S. Meyer. Critical Mass 32 (1): 3-4.

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

Roberts, Derek. 2016. How Can Zambia Move Towards a Sustainable Urban Planning
Model? Royal Town Planning Institute Blog.
Available at: http://www.rtpi.org.uk/briefing-room/rtpi-blog/how-can-zambia-
move-towards-a-sustainable-urban-planning-model/

Roberts, Derek. 2016. Appointment of RSA Ambassador for Zambia. Regions 303: 30.

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Roberts, Derek. 2016. Report on the Regional Studies Association Annual Conference
2016. Regions 302: 31-2.

MANUSCRIPTS UNDER REVIEW

Roberts, Derek. Residential Location and Neighbourhood Perceptions Across Metro


Detroit. Revised and Resubmitted to Regional Studies, Regional Science.

Roberts, Derek. Body Modification and the Production of Culture. Submitted to


The Social Science Journal.

WORKS IN PROGRESS

Roberts, Derek. A.A.s, Libtards and Unions: Internet News Readers Assign Blame for
Detroits Bankruptcy. (Write-up)

Roberts, Derek. Beyond Hypotheticals and Race: Using Actual Neighbourhoods to


Assess Neighbourhood Perceptions in Detroit. (Write-up)

Roberts, Derek. Linguistic Segregation in a Postcolonial City. (Write-up)

Roberts, Derek. Informal Governance and Suburbanisation in Zambia (Write-up)

Roberts, Derek. Kitwe to Hamburg: Comparative Urbanism from the Global South.
(Data collection)

Roberts, Derek. Older People Have Those: How Age and Urban Location Affect
Traditional Body Modifications in Zambia. (Data collection)

Roberts, Derek. From Unknown to Desired Symbol: Western-Style Tattoos in Urban


Zambia. (Conceptualisation)

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

2017 Informal Settlements on Zambias Copperbelt: Measuring the Long-Term Socio-


Economic Impact at Household Level. International Growth Centre, London
School of Economics and Political Science. 13294 requested. Funded in full, but
I declined.

2017 Adjunct Professional Development Fund, University of Northwestern-St Paul.


$500 requested. $300 funded.

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2016 Kitwe to Hamburg: Comparative Urbanism from the Global South. Research
and Innovation Fund, The Copperbelt University. $9940 requested. Funded in
full.

2016 Travel Grant, Regional Studies Association. 500 requested. Funded in full, but I
declined.

2015 Conference Bursary, Regional Studies Association. 100 requested. Funded in


full.

2015 Research Ethics in the Digital Age Travel Grant, The German Excellence
Initiative. 975 requested. Funded in full.

2014 Department Research Fund, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Oakland


University. $5000 requested. Funded in full.

2014 Supporting Student Success Grant, College of Arts and Sciences, Oakland
University. $1500 requested. $1000 funded.

2011 Graduate Office Fellowship, The Graduate School, Michigan State University.
$4000 requested. Funded in full.

2009 Summer Support Fellowship, The Graduate School, Michigan State University.
$3500 requested. Funded in full.

2008 Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowship, US Department of Education /


MSU African Studies Center. $25035 requested. Funded in full, but I declined.

INVITED COLLOQUIA

Roberts, Derek. 2017. Invited Discussant at Creating a Job-Rich Urban Region: Realizing
the Economic Potential of the Copperbelt, June 5, 2017, Kitwe, Zambia,

Roberts, Derek. 2016. Governance as a Challenge to Suburbanisation in Zambia.


Invited Presentation at Africas New Suburbanisms in a Global Context, October
17-19, Wits City Institute, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South
Africa.

Roberts, Derek. 2016. Invited Panellist for the Early Career Special Session at the
Regional Studies Association Annual Conference, April 3-6, 2016, Graz, Austria.

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

Presentations

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Roberts, Derek. 2016. Ethnicity and Politics Among Zambian Youth. Presented at the
International Conference on Ethnic Mobilisation in African Politics, September
16, Kitwe, Zambia.

Roberts, Derek. 2016. Linguistic Segregation in a Post-Colonial City. Presented at the


Regional Studies Association Annual Conference, April 3-6, Graz, Austria.

Roberts, Derek. 2015. The (Un)Desirable City: How Urban and Suburban Residents
Perceive Detroit. Presented at the Annual Early Career Conference of the
Regional Studies Association, October 29-30, Sheffield, UK.

Roberts, Derek. 2015. Getting What They Deserve: Digital Media Readers Comment
on the Cause of Detroits Bankruptcy. Presented at the Workshop on Research
Ethics in the Digital Age. Ethics for the Social Sciences and Humanities in Times
of Mediatization and Digitization, September 6-12, Dresden, Germany.

Roberts, Derek and Ari Goodman. 2014. Assessing Perceptions of Detroit Across Race,
Class, and Space. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Michigan Sociological
Association, October 24-25, Muskegon, MI.

Roberts, Derek. 2014. The Relationship Between Body Modification Placement and the
Self. Presented at the 44th Annual Popular Culture Association/American Culture
Association National Conference, April 16-19, Chicago, IL.

Roberts, Derek. 2013. Suck it, Detroit!: Online News Readers Explain Why the Motor
City is Not Worth Saving. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Michigan
Sociological Association, October 18-19, Saginaw, MI.

Roberts, Derek. 2013. Modified People: Indicators of Subculture in a Post-Subculture


World. Presented at the 108th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological
Association, August 10-13, New York.

Roberts, Derek. 2012. Resisting the Renaissance: A Subcultures Response to the


Mainstreaming of Tattoos. Presented at the 23rd Annual Conference of the Mid-
Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association, November 1-3, Pittsburgh, PA.

Roberts, Derek. 2012. Real Detroit: (Sub)Urban Identities in a Shrinking City.


Presented at Spaces and Flows: Third International Conference on Urban and
ExtraUrban Studies, October 11-12, Detroit, MI.

Other Activities

Facilitator, Session on Ethnicity and the State, Workshop on Ethnicity and Nation-
Building in Contemporary Zambia, June 23-24, 2016, Kitwe, Zambia.

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CAMPUS TALKS

2016. Ethnicity and Youth Identity Construction in Zambia, Dag Hammarskjld


Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, The Copperbelt University, Kitwe,
Zambia, April.

2015. Kitwe to Hamburg: Comparative Urbanism from the Global South, Dag
Hammarskjld Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, The Copperbelt
University, Kitwe, Zambia, July.

2015. The (Un)Desirable City: How Urban and Suburban Residents Perceive Detroit,
Dag Hammarskjld Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, The Copperbelt
University, Kitwe, Zambia, June.

2012. Viewing Contemporary Tattoos Through the Lens of Social Psychology,


Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, Oakland University,
Rochester, MI, November.

2012. Considering Ethnography as a Feminist Research Method, Women and Gender


Studies Program, Oakland University, Rochester, MI, November.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Monroe County Community College (2017-Present)


Introduction to the Principles of Sociology
Juvenile Delinquency
Modern Social Problems
Women in Society

The Copperbelt University (2015-2017)


Graduate Courses
Ethnic Identity and Human Rights
Regionalism and Integration
Research Methods in Peace and Conflict Studies I
Research Methods in Peace and Conflict Studies II
Research Proposal Development
Undergraduate Courses
Peace and Conflict Studies in Social Sciences

University of Northwestern-St Paul (2015-Present)


Introduction to Sociology

Oakland University (2012-2015)


Advanced Survey Research Methods
Introduction to Methods of Social Research

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Introduction to Sociology
Racial and Ethnic Relations
Social Statistics with Computer Applications
Urban Sociology

Michigan State University (2011-2012)


Race and Ethnicity

Friedrich-Schiller-Universitt Jena (Germany) (2007)


Vocabulary Extension
Vocabulary Extension II

SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION

2016- Ambassador to Zambia, Regional Studies Association

Journal Article Reviewer


Journal of Integrated Social Sciences
Sociology Compass

Book Proposal and Manuscript Reviewer


Pearson
SAGE Publications

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

Monroe County Community College

2017- Member, Academic Review Committee

2017- Member, Faculty Council

2017- Member, Annual Schedule Task Force

The Copperbelt University

2015 Member, ad hoc Special General Management Committee

COLLEGE AND SCHOOL SERVICE

The Copperbelt University

2015-2016 Member, Board of Examiners, School of Graduate Studies

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2015-2017 Thesis Examiner, School of Graduate Studies

Oakland University

2014-2015 Member, College of Arts and Sciences Assembly

DEPARTMENT AND UNIT SERVICE

Monroe County Community College

2017 Member, Political Science Instructor Search Committee, HSS

The Copperbelt University

2017 Member, PhD Committee, DHIPS

2016 Member, ad hoc Open Day Steering Committee, DHIPS

2016-2017 Member, Board of Studies, DHIPS

2016-2017 Member, Graduate Selection and Admissions Committee, DHIPS

2015-2016 Member, Appointments and Promotions Committee, DHIPS

2015-2016 Acting Coordinator, Postgraduate Programmes, DHIPS

2015-2017 Member, Board of Examiners, DHIPS

2015 Member, Planning Committee for Joint PhD in Governance, Peace


and Development with Uganda Martyrs University and the
University for Peace (Addis Ababa), DHIPS

Oakland University

2014-2015 Department Representative, BA in Sociology Assessment

2013-2015 Faculty Advisor, Sociology Club

2013 Coordinator, Methods of Social Research Assessment

MEDIA INTERVIEWS

American Ink. Midday with Dan Rodricks. WYPR: Baltimore, MD. October 15, 2012.
(http://programs.wypr.org/podcast/american-ink-monday-october-15-1-2-pm)

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ADDITIONAL TRAINING

2010-2012 Studies in Theology, Universitt Hamburg (Germany)

2009 Studies in Theology, Tyndale Seminary (Canada)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Sociological Association


Body and Embodiment, Community and Urban Sociology, Culture

International Sociological Association


Research Committee 21 Regional and Urban Development

Michigan Sociological Association

Postcolonial Studies Association

Regional Studies Association

LANGUAGES

English (fluent)

German (fluent)

Bemba (conversational)

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