Nina Roberts


  • M.A. Geography and Environmental Studies, Northeastern Illinois University (2016)
  • Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems, Northeastern Illinois University (2010)
  • B.A. (Honors) Geography, Northeastern Illinois University (2006)
  • Certificate in the Liberal Arts, University of Chicago (2000)

I am a doctoral student working primarily in the Cities and Metropolitan Areas track. My current research is informed by critical theory, centering on problems in urban geography including gentrification, displacement, social and economic inequality, and the impact of climate-driven redevelopment on urban populations. Before coming to UIUC, I earned my bachelor's and master's degrees in geography from Chicago's Northeastern Illinois University, where my MA thesis focused on the intersection of gentrification and tourism in Santa Fe, New Mexico, during the first three decades of the 20th century. I continue to be interested in the geography of the American Southwest and the social, economic, and environmental issues affecting the region and its people. 

Courses Taught

  • GEOG 104 - Social and Cultural Geography (TA, Fall 2018)
  • GEOG 106 - Geographies of Globalization (TA, Spring 2019)
  • GEOG 204 - Cities of the World (Instructor, Summer 2019)