Roger House

Associate Professor

Roger House, associate professor in American Studies, is author of Blue Smoke: The Recorded Journey of Big Bill BroonzyBlue Smoke was published by Lousiana State University Press in 2010. It was a finalist for the 2011 award for Excellence in Historical Writing by the Association of Recorded Sound Collections.

Dr. House is currently writing a history of Boston's culture in the jazz age. South End Shout is under contract with the University Press of New England.

Dr. House has contributed historical articles to academic journals such as Labor: Studies in the Working Class History of the Americas, The Journal of American and Canadian Studies, and The History Teacher. As a public historian, he was featured in the BBC TV documentary, "Big Bill Broonzy: The Man Who Brought the Blues to Britain" in December 2013.

Since 2014, Dr. House has produced Victory Stride, an interdiscipinary forum on social justice history. The programs have combined history, music, poetry, theater, faculty lectures, expert panels, and student journalism to explore topics on the African American experience.

Among the issues spotlighted have been the 1964 Civil Rights Act anniversary, the ebola health crisis, and the use of excessive force by urban police. An archive of media clips and materials from the forums are hosted by the Iwasaki library under student research guides on American multimedia. It can be located at the website address

In addition, Dr. House has produced radio programs on African American history for NPR, developed programs on U.S. social history for a PBS production company, and contributed articles to the Christian Science Monitor and The Nation, among others. Dr. House was a staff writer for The Providence Journal in Rhode Island.


  • Journalism
    Since 2000


B.A., Columbia University
M.A., Boston University
Ph.D., Boston University


Blue Smoke: The Recorded Journey of Big Bill Broonzy