Nicholas Roberts earned his doctorate in history from the University of Notre Dame, where he was a Presidential Fellow and a research fellow with the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. Before, he earned a Master of Arts in history from Georgetown University. He specializes in Islamic history, particularly the modern period.
His current book project, A Sea of Wealth: Sayyid Sa‘id bin Sultan, His Omani Empire, and the Making of an Oceanic Marketplace, draws upon research in a dozen archives across four continents. This book uses the reign of Oman’s longest serving ruler as a lens for highlighting the Omani Empire’s formative role inuniting the Atlantic and Indian oceans into a shared oceanic marketplace, a crucial step in modern global capitalism’s rise.
At Norwich, Roberts teaches a variety of courses on world history and the histories of Muslim societies, along with courses for the international studies major. He also works closely with the Kreitzberg Library staff for building Norwich’s Arabic, Near Eastern, and Islamic studies holdings, and works with the Sullivan Museum and History Center’s staff.