Evan Roberts

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Evan Roberts is a Contract Assistant Professor of Sociology and Population Studies, and is affiliated with the Minnesota Population Center. His research focuses on long-term change in health and employment, in which he has ongoing research projects in the United States and New Zealand. Recent publications include a study of changing ethnic differentials in health among prisoners in New Zealand, and the influence of family structure and parental resources on children's stature in the early twentieth century United States.

Professor Roberts' ongoing research on long-term changes in health in New Zealand now sees him leading the Measuring the ANZACs project that is collaborating with citizen scientists around the world to transcribe 140,000 soldiers records from New Zealand. Please join the project at http://www.measuringtheanzacs.org/. Measuring the ANZACs is part of the Zooniverse, the world's leading citizen science organization in which Minnesota is a leading partner.

Professor Roberts is also active in the North Atlantic Population Project to harmonize and distribute census data from North America and Europe.

Professor Roberts teaches courses on health, population and social research, and leads learning abroad classes to New Zealand.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • BA (Hons): Economics and History, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand, 1999.
  • BSc: Mathematics and Statistics, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand, 1998.
  • MA: History, University of Minnesota, 2003.
  • PhD: History, University of Minnesota, 2007.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Women's work and employment, Health and the life course, Demographic history, United States, New Zealand
Courses Taught
  • HIST1909 - Understanding New Zealand: Re-imagining Kiwi Culture
  • HIST3822 - American History Since 1945
  • HIST3869 - Urban American History
  • HIST3797 - History of Population
  • HIST1907W - Living, working and dying in Chicago: Understanding the Industrial City
  • SOC3511 - World Population Problems (Fall 2016)
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Program Committee co-chair, Social Science History Association: Co-chaired the largest ever Social Science History Association conference , 2013


  • Measuring the ANZACs: http://www.measuringtheanzacs.org/ is a project to create a complete database of NZ's World War I soldiers. The data will be used to support ongoing research on health, aging, and mortality in New Zealand by myself and other researchers. It will also create the foundations for extensive new research into New Zealand's social and military history, 10/6/2015
  • Roberts, Evan, John Robert Warren (2017 forthcoming). Family structure and childhood anthropometry in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1918. History of the Family,
  • Roberts, Evan (2016). Household budget studies in the British dominions, 1873-1939. Rivista di Storia Economica, 32, 249-269.
  • Roberts, Evan, Kris Inwood and Les Oxley (2015). Physical growth and ethnic inequality in New Zealand prisons, c.1860-1975. History of the Family, 20, 249-269.
  • Roberts, Evan, Alexander Maxwell (2014). The Whangaroa Incident, 16 July 1824: A European-Maori Encounter and its Many Incarnations. Journal of Pacific History, 49(1), 50-75. Link
  • Roberts, Evan, Pamela Wood (2014). Birth weight and adult health in historical perspective: New evidence from a New Zealand cohort, 1907-1922. Social Science & Medicine, 107 (April), 154-161. Link
  • Roberts, Evan, Tom Wright (2013). The peripatetic career of Wherahiko Rawei: Maori culture on the global Chautauqua circuit, 1893-1927. The Cosmpolitican Lyceum , Link
  • Sharleen Forbes, Corin Higgs, James Keating (2012). From Prescriptivism to Positivism: The development of the Consumer Price Index in New Zealand. New Zealand Economic Papers, 46, 1. Link
  • Rosie the Riveters’ Job Market: Advertising for Women Workers in World War II Los Angeles: Roberts, Evan, Andre Alves, Labor, 9 3. Link
  • Kris Inwood and Les Oxley. "Physical stature and its interpretation in nineteenth century New Zealand." Australian Economic History Review 50 (2010): 262-283. Link
  • Kris Inwood. "Longitudinal studies of human growth and health: A review of recent historical research." Journal of Economic Surveys 24 (2010): 4. Link
  • Jacqueline Cumming and Katherine Nelson. "A Review of Economic Evaluations of Community Mental Health Care." Medical Care Research and Review 62 (2005): 503-543. Download
  • Roberts, Evan. "Don’t Sell Things, Sell Effects’: Overseas influences in New Zealand department stores, 1909-1956." Business History Review 77 (2003): 265-289. Link
  • Roberts, Evan. "Gender in Store: The Politics of Salespeople’s Working Hours, and Retail Unions in New Zealand and the United States, 1930-1960." Labour History 83 (2002): 107-130. Link
  • Physical growth and ethnic inequality in New Zealand prisons, c.1860-1975: Roberts, Evan, Kris Inwood, Les Oxley , History of the Family, 20 249-269, 2015. Link
  • Australian Economic History Review prize for best paper at Australia-Pacific Economic & Business History Conference, 2010
  • Finalist, Allan Nevins Prize, Economic History Association , 2008