Research Areas

Spanish and Caribbean Literature and Politics; Women’s Studies and Feminist Identity; Social Activism


Ph.D., Harvard University

M.A., Harvard University

B.A., Boston University


Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Roberta Salper

Roberta Salper

Roberta Salper

After many decades of combining scholarship, academic administration and social activism,  Roberta has most recently been Executive Director of Political Research Associates, a progressive think-tank in Boston that monitors the full spectrum of the political Right. Other academic appointments include Dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Southern New Hampshire University, Director of Humanities and Social Sciences at Pennsylvania State University-Erie and Assistant Dean of Arts and Letters, University of Pittsburgh.

Roberta was the First full-time faculty member in the first Women’s Studies Program in the country at San Diego State in 1970, and subsequently spent five years as a Resident Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, Washington, DC.  The recipient of grants from Harvard, NEH and the Social Science Research Council, Roberta has been a member of the Executive Council of the Modern Language Association (MLA) and of the first MLA Commission on the Status of the Women in the Profession.

In addition to an early anthology (1972) and numerous articles on the Women’s Movement and the development of Women’s Studies, her areas of research and publications include gender, cultural and political analysis of the Caribbean and modern Spain.

Current Projects

I have just finished the final draft of Domestic Subversive, a historical/literary memoir of the political development and personal formation of a progressive feminist activist/scholar immersed in the politics and culture of the United States, Spain, Cuba and Puerto Rico during 1960-1976.

Representative Publications

DOMESTIC SUBVERSIVE: A Feminist’s Take on the Left. Arizona: Anaphora Press, 2014. 230pp 

Salper, Roberta. “San Diego State 1970: The Initial Year of the Nation’s First Women’s Studies Program.” Feminist Studies 37, no. 3 (Fall 2011): 656-682.