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Dorothy Roberts

Dorothy Roberts

Keynote Speaker: Scholar & Social Justice Advocate

Dorothy Roberts Biography

Dorothy Roberts is the 14th Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor and George A. Weiss University Professor of Law & Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, with joint appointments in the Departments of Africana Studies and Sociology and the Law School, where she is the inaugural Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights. She is also the founding director of the Penn Program on Race, Science, and Society. An internationally recognized scholar, public intellectual, and social justice advocate, she has written and lectured extensively on race, gender, and class inequities in U.S. institutions and has been a leader in transforming public thinking and policy on reproductive freedom, child welfare, and bioethics.

She is the author of “Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty” (Pantheon, 1997/Vintage, 2017), “Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare” (Basic Books, 2001), “Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century “(The New Press, 2011), and “Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families—and How Abolition Can Build a Safer World” (Basic Books, 2022), as well as more than 100 articles and book chapters, including “Race” in the 1619 Project book.

Roberts has served on the boards of directors of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Black Women’s Health Imperative, and National Coalition for Child Protection Reform, and her work has been supported by fellowships from American Council of Learned Societies, National Science Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Fulbright Program, Harvard Program in Ethics and the Professions, Stanford Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and Northwestern Institute for Policy Research.

Recent recognitions of her work include 2022 election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; 2022 Juvenile Law Center Leadership Prize; 2019 Honorary Doctor of Law Degree, Rutgers University-Newark; 2019 New Voices for Reproductive Justice Voice of Vision Award; 2017 election to the National Academy of Medicine; 2016 Society of Family Planning Lifetime Achievement Award; 2015 American Psychiatric Association Solomon Carter Fuller Award. Her TEDTalk, “The Problem with Race-Based Medicine,” has 1.5 million views.

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Dorothy Roberts Speaking Topics

Mistreating Health Inequities in the Genomic Age

Doctors and biomedical researchers in the United States have long defined disease and treated patients according to race. Although the map of the human genome confirmed that race is not written in our genes, we are witnessing the re-creation of race in biological terms using cutting-edge genomic science and biotechnologies, such as race-specific medicines and ancestry tests, that incorporate false assumptions about racial difference. Although genetics can help find cures for common diseases, such as cancer, the genetic concept of race misunderstands the nature of human difference and masks the devastating impact of racism on our bodies and society. Instead, good medicine and health justice require affirming our common humanity by working to end social inequities supported by the political system of race.

Dorothy Roberts Videos

Dorothy Roberts | Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System
Master Class in Activism: Dorothy Roberts, "Torn Apart"
upEND Movement: Derecka Purnell and Dorothy Roberts

How to book Dorothy Roberts?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Dorothy Roberts for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Dorothy Roberts, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Dorothy Roberts or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Dorothy Roberts?

Booking fees for Dorothy Roberts, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Dorothy Roberts, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Dorothy Roberts?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Dorothy Roberts for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Dorothy Roberts for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Dorothy Roberts or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Dorothy Roberts or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Dorothy Roberts is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Social Sciences, Diversity and Race Issues. The estimated speaking fee range to book Dorothy Roberts for live events is $10,000 - $20,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Dorothy Roberts generally travels from Philadelphia, PA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Nikki Giovanni, Ellen McGirt and Clayborne Carson. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Dorothy Roberts for an upcoming event.

Dorothy Roberts Speaking Topics

  • Mistreating Health Inequities in the Genomic Age

    Doctors and biomedical researchers in the United States have long defined disease and treated patients according to race. Although the map of the human genome confirmed that race is not written in our genes, we are witnessing the re-creation of race in biological terms using cutting-edge genomic science and biotechnologies, such as race-specific medicines and ancestry tests, that incorporate false assumptions about racial difference. Although genetics can help find cures for common diseases, such as cancer, the genetic concept of race misunderstands the nature of human difference and masks the devastating impact of racism on our bodies and society. Instead, good medicine and health justice require affirming our common humanity by working to end social inequities supported by the political system of race.

Dorothy Roberts Videos

Dorothy Roberts | Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System
Master Class in Activism: Dorothy Roberts, "Torn Apart"
upEND Movement: Derecka Purnell and Dorothy Roberts
Session 4: Dorothy Roberts: The past and future of race, health, and ...
2019-2020 Owen J. Roberts Lecture: Dorothy Roberts - YouTube

Dorothy Roberts Reviews

  • A very good overall experience. AAE was very helpful and very responsive.
    Rutgers University School of Social Work - Jun 04 2021

  • Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) - Nov 05 2020

  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital - Sep 24 2018

  • Thank you SO MUCH!
    University of Vermont - May 18 2018

  • All American Entertainment made the booking process very easy! They were great to work with!
    Levine Cancer Institute - Mar 02 2017

Dorothy Roberts News

  • Is It Time To Stop Using Race In Medical Research?

    Genetics researchers often discover certain snips and pieces of the human genome that are important for health and development, such as the genetic mutations that cause cystic fibrosis or sickle cell anemia. And scientists noticed that genetic variants are more common in some races, which makes it seem like race is important in genetics research.

How to book Dorothy Roberts?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Dorothy Roberts for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Dorothy Roberts, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Dorothy Roberts or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Dorothy Roberts?

Booking fees for Dorothy Roberts, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Dorothy Roberts, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Dorothy Roberts?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Dorothy Roberts for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Dorothy Roberts for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Dorothy Roberts or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Dorothy Roberts or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Dorothy Roberts is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Social Sciences, Diversity and Race Issues. The estimated speaking fee range to book Dorothy Roberts for live events is $10,000 - $20,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Dorothy Roberts generally travels from Philadelphia, PA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Nikki Giovanni, Ellen McGirt and Clayborne Carson. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Dorothy Roberts for an upcoming event.

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