Becky Roberts, Ph.D.

I'm a proud community college graduate, and a PhD in English. I feel fortunate to be able to return to my roots, the kind of college that gave me an opportunity when I left high school at sixteen. I started at Palomar College, went on to San Diego State University, then finished a BA with two majors, music and English, at UCSD.

After my Bachelor's degree, I taught for two years in Adult Education, and then went to graduate school and got a Master's in English at UCSD, a PhD at UCSC. I taught part time at UCSC and Cabrillo College until I got a full-time job at Mt. SAC and then Santiago Canyon College. 

It took me a while to develop the skills I needed to move from high school drop-out to college graduate, and I see a lot of students at De Anza who are also struggling with this transition. I want you to know that it doesn't matter what happened in high school if you can just persevere, get help and do the work. For me, being around serious students was essential at that age, so I urge you to find peer mentors. 

I love teaching because I get to see bigger worlds open up for students. It's not just about learning some facts or rules; after a few weeks or years of college, people's thinking and self-expression change. I feel very fortunate to have a role that growth.

Classes I Teach

Winter 2022

00628ELIT 48B01ZMajor American Writers (The Advent of Realism, 1865-1914)
37871ELIT 48BH01ZMajor American Writers (The Advent of Realism, 1865-1914) - HONORS
37754EWRT 4051ZFiction Writing

Fall 2021

21997EWRT 1A10QComposition and Reading
25656EWRT 1A11QComposition and Reading
25487LART 25010QAcademic Reading and Writing
25489LART 25011QAcademic Reading and Writing

Faculty Info

Becky Roberts

Becky Roberts




B.A. Music and English/writing, University of California San Diego

M.A. Literature, University of California San Diego

Ph.D. Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz

Office Hours

Spring 2021

MW 12:30-1:20, TTH 1:30-2:20

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