Roger House, associate professor in American Studies, is author of Blue Smoke: The Recorded Journey of Big Bill BroonzyBlue Smoke was published by Louisiana State University Press in 2010 and was a 2011 finalist for Excellence in Historical Writing by the Association of Recorded Sound Collections. His current book is "South End Shout: Afro-American Culture and Boston's Culture in the Jazz Age." The publication is forthcoming by Lever Press/Amherst College Press in 2020.

Dr. House is a regular contributor to "The Hill," the news site on Capitol Hill politics, and for Black Press. Among the periodicals are "The Afro" of Baltimore & Washington, "The Amsterdam News" of New York City, "Modern Ghana News" of Accra, and "The People's Daily News" of Lagos, Nigeria. He has contributed articles to scholarly journals like Labor: Studies in the Working Class History of the Americas. 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, a curated website on Afro-American history and culture. The site is hosted as a research guide resource in the Iwasaki Library and can be located at The site archives the work of students in journalism and history and the performances of entertainers invited to campus events on the African American experience.

Among the curated topics are the Civil Rights Act and the Ebola pandemic. It also contains commentary on the Black Lives Matter movement and the protest strategy. It explores alternative pathways to Black freedom. Dr. House has produced radio programs on African American history for National Public Radio and 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