Dr. Andrea Roberts is an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at Texas A&M University. She is also the founder of The Texas Freedom Colonies Project, a research & social justice initiative documenting Black placemaking history and grassroots preservation. Dr. Roberts engages in ethnographic, archival, and action research using digital humanities platforms to make marginalized groups' endangered places visible and relevant to scholars, policymakers, and practitioners. Dr. Roberts has written peer-reviewed articles on black placemaking history and practice, digital engagement, intersectionality, and preservation policy. Her current project is a book on Black historic preservation practice. The Urban Affairs Association recognized her with the 2019 Marilyn J. Gittell Activist Scholar Honorable Mention Award. She is also a 2020 Visiting Scholar at Yale's Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition and a 2019 recipient of a National Trust African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund grant. Dr. Roberts earned a Ph.D. in community and regional planning at The University of Texas at Austin.