Lecturer of History
Ph.D. Emory University
Walter Roberts received his Ph. D. from Emory University in 2003. His research interests concern the Late Antique Mediterranean world, broadly defined. More specifically he examines the transitional period from ca. 300-ca. 600 CE when Roman political power collapsed in the western Mediterranean and western European regions while surviving in the eastern Mediterranean in the form of the Byzantine Empire. Thematically, he is interested in the intersection of religion, warfare, and imperial patronage during this time period. Dr. Roberts currently teaches at the University of North Texas (UNT) as a continuing Senior Lecturer in the Department of History. He is also the Graduate Advisor for the department, a UNT Military History Center Fellow, and a member of the faculty for the UNT Jewish and Israel Studies Program. Dr. Roberts has published several articles and essays on relations between Christian bishops and monks and imperial authorities in the 4th and 5th centuries and has contributed biographies of several late 4th century Roman emperors to the De Imperatoribus Romanis scholarly website. He is the author of the text book World Civilizations to 1500 CE: Empires and Religions (Kendall-Hunt, 2013). He is currently working on two book manuscripts, the first dealing with the broad theme of the changing nature of imperial patronage in the 4th-6th century Roman/Byzantine Empire, and the second being a biography of the emperor Valentinian I (r. 364-375 CE). In addition to the University of North Texas, Dr. Roberts has taught at Ohio University and the University of Arizona.