Jennifer L. Roberts is Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Professor of the Humanities, Harvard College Professor, and Chair of the Program in American Studies. She teaches American art from the colonial period to the present, with particular focus on issues of landscape, material culture, print culture, and the history of science. She received her A.B. from Stanford and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale.
Her book Mirror-Travels: Robert Smithson and History was published in 2004 by Yale University Press. It examines the ways in which Smithson's celebrated earthworks and traveling projects of the 1960s and 70s confront the social and material histories of the sites they occupy. She has also published numerous essays and reviews on 18th, 19th and 20th century American art and material culture, and is a co-author of the Prentice Hall textbook American Encounters: Art, History, and Cultural Identity (2007). She recently curated a curricular exhibition on Jasper Johns and the materiality of print, published as Jasper Johns/In Press: The Crosshatch Works and the Logic of Print (Harvard Art Museums, 2012).
Her new book, Transporting Visions: the Movement of Images in Early America, will be published by the University of California Press in January of 2014. The project traces the dispatch of images through the Anglo-American landscape between 1760 and 1860. Treating pictures that register, in various ways, the material complications of their own transmission, the book explores the relationship between communication/transportation media and period understandings of visual representation.