Heather Roller - Professor of History

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Heather Roller

Assistant Professor of History
History, 322 Alumni Hall
p 315-228-7563


BA 2002, Yale University; MA 2005, PhD 2010, Stanford University


Amazonia and Brazil; native peoples under colonial rule; autonomous native groups; mobility and migration; maps and historical geography; borderlands; ethnohistory


In progress:  "Autonomous Indian Nations and Peacemaking in Late Eighteenth-Century Brazil"

Amazonian Routes:  Indigenous Mobility and Colonial Communities in Northern Brazil (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2014).

“River Guides, Geographical Informants, and Colonial Field Agents in the Portuguese Amazon,” Colonial Latin American Review 21:1 (April 2012), 101-126.

“Colonial Collecting Expeditions and the Pursuit of Opportunities in the Amazonian Sertão, c. 1750-1800,” The Americas 66:4 (April 2010), 435-467. [Versão em português:  “Expedições coloniais de coleta e a busca por oportunidades no sertão amazônico, c. 1750-1800,” Revista de História 168 (July 2013), 201-243.]


  • Picker Fellowship, Colgate Research Council (2014)
  • ACLS/SSRC/NEH International and Area Studies Fellowship (2013-2014)
  • Garrison Fellowship for most creative scholarly project, Colgate University (2012)
  • Warren Dean Prize, honorable mention, for most significant work of Brazilian history (2011)
  • Tibesar Prize for most distinguished article in The Americas (2010)
  • Helen Hornbeck Tanner Award, American Society for Ethnohistory (2009)
  • Mabelle McLeod Lewis Dissertation Fellowship (2008-2009)
  • Fulbright-Hays Research Abroad Fellowship for Brazil (2006-2007)
  • Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies (2003-2004)